When Margaret Thatcher set her head to take on the unions she first awarded the police an above-inflation pay settlement and made sure she had the armed forces squared away; she was not a woman to take chances, nor did she want a repeat of Heath's disastrous question "who runs Britain?" to which the answer came "Not you, chum."
CMD is clearly confident of a new public apathy - either that, or has calculated carefully that since there are twenty applications for every new constable post, even trimming police pay will leave him with an intact and loyal, if somewhat green, police force. Enough to man the Shield-Wall, anyway, and tazer a few students.
How times change.