Matthew Parris Matthew Parris

When did we become a nation of police informers?

I thought telling on friends, even for drink-driving, was contrary to our culture. It seems I was wrong

There’s a danger that in what follows your columnist may seem to be recommending an attitude. Please don’t think that. It’s true that I would never shop a friend for drink-driving — but frankly I doubt I’d shop a friend for murder. This column isn’t about what we should do if we know a friend drink-drives — responses will be various and variously arguable — but about shock at my own serious misreading of my countrymen.

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