Oh and if it needs to be said, the vast majority of my encounters with the police have been very positive (the only negative incident I can think of was dealt with very well when I complained about it), so I'm far from a police hater here. I just don't think that all the positive things they do gives them an excuse to be corrupt when they are - if anything they must be held to a much higher standard than the general public. It really is a sad day when it turns out that a Tory politician is actually more truthful than the police.
Oh, and if anything ISTM the worst thing about this whole affair isn't the lying of the officers directly involved, nor even the lying of those higher ranking officers who interviewed Mr Mitchell, but the way in which the forces closed rank and didn't accept that they had a case to answer even when presented with clear cut evidence of their deceit. You do start to get the impression that as good and honorable as the individual officers might be, there is a systemic issue of covering up wrongdoing inside the force.