The Secret Policeman's Ball were a series of benefit shows.

However, is the phrase "buying a ticket to the Secret Policeman's Ball" an allusion to paying a bribe?

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    What do you base the allusion on? Because of the word "secret"? – Mari-Lou A Aug 1 '20 at 11:54
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    @mari-lou A No, that you would pay an officer for a ticket to a non-existent event and that payment is the bribe. – StuperUser Aug 1 '20 at 11:55
  • Maybe it's not an allusion, maybe it's a code or a shibboleth. – StuperUser Aug 1 '20 at 11:57
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    aadl.org/aapd/truecrimes/4 It appears that the Policeman's ball was always a fundraising event. I imagine one must be familiar with the Month Python sketch, if there is one... to grasp the meaning behind the British TV shows. P.S More details you add, the better, and explain why you think it was originally a standin for a bribe. IN the question, not in comments. it's +1 from me if you! – Mari-Lou A Aug 1 '20 at 12:04
  • Secret policeman, means precisely that, someone who belongs the secret police of a tyrant, dictator or authoritarian leader. A ball is a gathering of people who pay to eat a meal and dance to a live band, I found nothing that supports your idea. Maybe someone else will. – Mari-Lou A Aug 1 '20 at 12:22

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