It's reported today that no individual police officer is to be prosecuted over the Charles De Menezes shooting but that the Metroploitan police WILL face prosecution under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. If found guilty the Force faces an 'unlimited fine'.
WOW - sounds impressive doesn't it? But hold on a minute! Who will pay the fine?
No matter which headings record the resulting government ledger credit/debit transaction, fact is it won't be Sir Ian Blair and his trigger-happy band of incompetents who will be footing the bill; It will be the poor bloody taxpayer as usual.
Some 'punishment' eh?