London's Metropolitan Police have traded glass for lives, letting rioters riot and looters loot as mobs roved around London. After harsh criticism of their crowd control efforts in the past few years London's summer riots are an opportunity to rebuild their reputation.
Driving the circuitous route from my home to Islington for lunch and a visit to a bookshop, I notice something odd. I have felt the edginess in the air since Saturday night and the first riot in Tottenham, so dangerously close to where I am.
Like the majority of Londoners and Britons, I am utterly disgusted (also very worried) at the events of the past three days and the continued violence across our Capital
We may be 26 years on from the Broadwater Farm Estate Riots, but you'd be forgiven for thinking it was 1985 all over again judging from the scenes on our television screens.
Sir Paul Stephenson's resignation as Metropolitan Police Commissioner ultimately became inevitable. Nevertheless, it is a calamitous event for both the Met's internal morale and public confidence.
The hacking scandal might be dominating the news agenda at the moment, but that should not mask the fact that the force's day to day concerns go far further than the activities of News International and the other members of the press.
Every morning, at around seven am, five officers of London's Metropolitan Police undertake what the Police consider to be a vital duty. Starting from ...
"Amazing," senior reporters whispered to themselves. "Extraordinarily hilarious", Chris Bryant said afterwards. What started as a setpiece example of MPs' hostility had quickly descended, unexpectedly and absurdly, into farce.
Are the Metropolitan Police "evasive, dishonest or lethargic" - or perhaps all three? What surprised me during yesterday's Commons debate about phone hacking was how little faith the people who make our laws seem to have in the people who enforce them.