From the Daily Mirror CONTROVERSIAL police commander Brian Paddick, who takes a softly-softly approach to dope, must feel like he's on an LSD trip after opening his post... For more than a year he has been the victim of a Daily Mail campaign which wants the senior Lambeth cop sacked. But now he has received a certificate from the same paper - honouring him with an Award of Merit for being an "unsung hero". There is also a cheerful letter from Phil Merry, in the Daily Mail promotions department, praising Paddick's "unstinting work" and telling him to "keep up the good work". It's worth reflecting on the Mail's earlier mentions of him. "What kind of society," it asked, "is it whose liberal intelligentsia treats such a man as a hero?" His position, the paper has said, "is now surely untenable - the fact that such a man could be a senior police officer shows how sick this society has become." His "cannabis policy has brought even more hard drugs flooding in to Lambeth" and he is "sheltering behind his homosexuality to protect him from the real allegations of gross incompetence and lack of probity and judgment". Paddick, the paper reckons, deserves "six months in jail" which is odd when their unsung heroes are people "who toil away for the benefit of their communities". Any suggestions as to where I should hang my certificate?