Road Closed—Unexploded Bomb
At the end of the Battle of Britain, British vice-marshal Alexander Adams was driving to a meeting at his headquarters when he came upon a sign: ROAD CLOSEDUNEXPLODED BOMB. Adams called over the policeman on duty, hoping he might be able to suggest an alternate route. “Sorry, you cant go through,” said the policeman as he approached the car. “The bomb is likely to go off at any minute now.” Then he caught sight of Adamss uniform. “Im very sorry, sir,” he said, “I didnt know you were a wing commander. It is quite all right for you to go through.”
With “advisors” like that, who needs enemies! Although that policemanwho was trained to respect rankmomentarily allowed his deference to a vice-marshal to overcome his good sense, Adams had better sense than to follow his advice.