You Gonna Get Birched!

Oh, dear. Somebody’s bottom is in big trouble:

grumpy old officer holding a birch

  1. Nightfall commented on February 28th, 2008:

    That picture is of an officer in the British Police force, specifically, on the Isle of Man (which can be seen from the cap badge). Corporal punishment of offenders was practised there until the 1980’s, I believe, and sometimes publically..

  2. SpankBoss commented on February 28th, 2008:

    Oh, what a relief. I was afraid that the three-legged jagged spiral insignia on the hat was some Nazi thing I’d never heard of, and that Dirk would have to come back and chide me some more. ;-)

  3. Well Spanked Man commented on February 29th, 2008:

    I too had thought the uniform (and perhaps demeanor) looked decidedly nazi-esque. It certainly still looks far more military to me than civilian police.


  4. SpankBoss commented on February 29th, 2008:

    Yeah, Thebes, but the face and demeanor screams “British” to me.

  5. Go Mann commented on February 29th, 2008:

    It was last practiced here in 1975, before the European Court of Human Rights got rid of it… and people still get stopped in Germany for carrying a Manx flag because the police there think it’s a swastika :)

  6. Nightfall commented on February 29th, 2008:

    There’s also the Crown atop the cap badge.

    It is a very old-fashioned uniform… I wonder when the picture was taken?

  7. Terry commented on March 2nd, 2008:

    I remember when I first saw the photogragph. It accompanied an article (I believe it was in Time Magazine) about a teenage boy on the Isle of Man who had been sentenced to a birching, and the photo was intended to depict the instrument that would be applied to his naked buttocks. I can’t remember his offense, but I know that the sentence was highly controversial, and I believe it was carried out.

  8. Terry commented on March 3rd, 2008:

    Google it. Four Scottish thugs, age 19, received nine strokes each on the naked buttocks. They subsequently reported that the pain was excruciating. It was in 1965.

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