chapter  6
‘In the midst of hordes of starving plunderers’: 1850–1939
Pages 43

In 1852 a commentator in The Edinburgh Review wrote of the changes in criminal justice over the preceding thirty years and, in particular, the introduction of the Metropolitan Police:

In London … the arrangements are so good, the security so general, and the complex machinery works so quietly, that the real danger which must always exist where the wealth and luxury of a nation are brought into juxtaposition with its poverty and crime, is too much forgotten; and people begin to think it quite a matter of course, or one of the ordinary operations of Providence, that they sleep and wake in safety in the midst of hordes of starving plunderers.1