It is clear that Hayman made mistakes, but surely the can should be carried by the man on whose desk the buck stops - Sir Ian Blair. It is said that Sir Ian was failed by his staff and his advisers. I would submit that it is he who failed them.
There will be many who will say that it is difficult to see how Andy Hayman can remain in his post after this report. On a personal level I feel very sorry for him. He was the Chief Constable in Norfolk when I was the candidate there. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner at the Met in February 2005, only five months before the de Menezes shooting. I had several meeting with Hayman and found him to be hugely impressive and as straight as a dye. He stands accused of giving two different briefings to the press within hours of each other.
I hate to agree with Ken Livingstone, but when he described Andy Hayman as a first class police officer this morning, he was right. I wish I could say the same for Sir Ian Blair, whose ego knows no bounds. That ego is what maybe prevented his staff from telling him the full horror of what was unfolding. It is he who should be resigning, not Hayman.