Living in London is like being an inmate of a reformatory school. Everywhere you turn you run into some regulation designed for your own protection. The Government is like the School Matron with her keys jangling at her waist. She orders you about, good-humouredly enough, but all the same, in no uncertain terms.
Charles Ritchie (1906-1955), The Siren Years: A Canadian Diplomat Abroad 1937-1945