(Reutar!) The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Force, Sir Ian Blair, has finally buckled under pressure, and tendered his resignation with immediate effect, claims a source in the pub.
Blair, older brother of the ex-Prime Minister Anthony, had been lambasted by the Press and public over his handling of the Jean Charles de Menezes execution, carried out 'under his watch' by officers of the crack 'Useless Gang' on the London Tube at Stockwell in 2005.
The 'Useless Gang' are trained police marksmen who shoot people that look like terrorists.
Having dodged the bullets, as Mr de Menezes was unable to do, over the last two years, Blair was finally undone by his inability to shake off dogged inspectors of the Health & Safety Executive who proved that, by commanding officers who "held down the suspect and blasted his brains all over the carriage", Sir Ian, as King of the Cops, was ultimately responsible.
Sir Blair erred even until the final minutes of his tenure, as current PM Gordon Brown begged him to continue in his post, but public opinion, not normally a factor in a copper's reckoning, or a politician's for that matter, finally did for him.
He'll probably take up some other lucrative position that he doesn't deserve soon.
Jean Charles de Menezes RIP.