If I'm honest, the fact that Mark Duggan is dead actually makes me feel marginally more safe on London's streets. Apart from a politically inflamed protest group centred around his surviving family plus the gobby and deeply stupid Diane Abbot, I suspect that most law abiding Londoners feel as I do. He was a gangster, a thug and a dangerous man and London is just a little bit safer without him.
If rumours bouncing about this week that Hogan-Howe had offered his resignation are true, it certainly wasn't over Duggan, nor over Mitchell. Despite being right, Mitchell remains an arrogant and mouthy little toad, deeply unattractive and unlikely to be warmly received back into political office.
No, if anything, the rumours sprung from the story in the Indie today of deep and pervasive corruption in the Met, which bloomed like a foot fungus when Ian Blair neglected policing to play new labour politics. Senior officers on the payroll of Turkish drug barons, investigations halted and London's most notorious crime family being immune from prosecution are all the consequence of a large, centralised police force under ACPO influence and control; coupled with accelerated promotion for officers from the same ethnic backgrounds as the criminals, the whole thing is a recipe for an ideal breeding medium for the endemic corruption of justice.
Imagine you're a honest plod with someone as deeply criminally corrupt as the jailed Ali Dazaei as your boss. Will you risk not only his discrimination against you but his 'giving' you to his criminal contacts to maintain justice? Plods need more moral character than is usual to resist such institutional corruption, but with a commissioner like Ian Blair so away with the fairies in a dream world of his own making that they could expect no understanding or support from the very top, it must have been impossible for many officers who wanted to reject the influence of organised crime in the Met to have done so.
Just as Hogan-Howe has blocked the Mitchell plod from resigning instead of being dismissed with disgrace, so he himself must be blocked from resigning. He was appointed because he was outside of the ACPO mafia under which police corruption flourishes; he must now do the job he was appointed to do, and root organised crime from the Met, even if it means he must carry a firearm for personal protection for the rest of his life. Duty calls, Bernard; you must answer it.