This cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail relates to the news that the Home Office proposes to allow foreigners to take charge of British police forces. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will unveil plans to change the law to enable candidates such as American “supercop” Bill Bratton, the former head of the New York Police, to fight crime in the UK.
The cartoon shows the New York chief of police addressing his men, who all look mean and tough. He tells them that the Brits want him 'to kick ass over in the UK', but not to worry as it's a 'reciprocal arrangement'. By that he means that someone from the UK will be coming to work in NY. The joke is that the British policeman giving a friendly wave to the New York cops is a weedy-looking 'bobby' rather than a hard-nosed crime-fighter.
1. A reciprocal arrangement or relationship is one in which two people or groups do or give the same things to each other.
2.To kick ass means to show someone what you are capable of doing or achieving, especially in a very determined or aggressive way. • Let's get out there and kick some ass!