Raymond Jackson in the “Evening Standard” 6 December 1985
“Barmy Bernie” is/was Bernie Grant, one of the first black MPs. Before that, in 1985 he was the leader of the GLC. Grant was quite anti-Police, largely believing they were racist, and making some unfortunate comments in the process of expressing his views.
A gay policeman would of course carry a little handbag. With hands on hips and little wiggle lines to show them sashaying down the street, this is basically the Mr Humphries stereotype. If only they had three arms, JAK could have also shown them walking hand in hand, but such are the artistic limitations and choices imposed by biological fact.