Police & Crime Commissioner Elections: Don’t vote for a politician

In candidates, News, police elections on October 19, 2012 by dadge

These new elected representatives, who, despite their silly name, will not be commissioning crime, are replacing Police Authorities. (Replacing a large committee of nominees with a single elected official looks cheaper and more democratic but might be neither.) And it’s just a couple of weeks now till the elections.

Problems: turnout is expected to be low, and some candidates haven’t been able to stand because of silly rules. And there’s another problem: politicians. Too many politicians. Why is a politician a better candidate for this new job than any other person? Well, you might say, politics, in the good sense of the word (remember that?), is all about dealing with people and diplomacy and compromise and getting things done for people. Okay, fair enough, but party politics is about avoiding compromise and getting things done for your own people.

All this was brought to a head on Wednesday when, at PMQs, the MP for Manchester Central, Tony Lloyd, got up and announced that this was probably going to be his last ever question. By which he means that he thinks he’s a shoo-in for the Greater Manchester PCC  job. Whoa. Maybe, just maybe, the good folk of South East Lancashire would be better off with someone else in charge of their police?


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