I was going to say, "You'll never believe this." But, in light of recent events, you will.
Taxpayers' money is now going to be spent, it seems, on pretty little bootees for police sniffer dogs. And you don't need to guess who's insisting on that requirement. Guidelines are being drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) urging awareness of religious sensitivities.
If a Muslim objects when police wish to enter his or her home, officers will have to use sniffer dogs only in exceptional cases. Even then, the proud pooch will have to put on a pair of bootees with rubber soles (no matter what the emergency, we assume).
"We are trying to ensure that police forces are aware of sensitivities that people can have with the dogs to make sure they are not going against any religious or cultural element within people’s homes," says Islam-appeasing ACPO. "It is being addressed and forces are working towards doing it."
And I thought I'd seen it all.