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Police and Crime Commissioners Explained


August 30, 2012 - Posted by | National


  1. Since the first Election when I was able to vote in May 1972 I have always done so in every Local and General Election and in the two Referenda on UK Membership of the then EEC in 1975 (I voted No) and on changing the voting system to AV in 2011, (I voted Yes). I have NOT always voted for the same Party but I have always voted.

    This time for the Police Commissioners in Nov 2012 I will still vote as I believe that it should be made compulsory as these days anyone can get a Postal Vote just by asking for it and as long as a “None of the Above” box was included for those voters who do not like the Candidates or Parties on the Ballot Paper. Too many people died to get us the vote and even to this day people suffer in other countries to try to be allowed to vote. We who can owe it to them to do so.

    That said I will NOT be voting for ANY of the Candidates standing for this position of Police Commissioner whatever party they may be or even if they are Independents as I simply do not believe on this newly created office as I feel it will politicise our Police Force and get in the way of fighting crime. To my mind this office is totally unnecessary and an unwelcome American Idea which we simply do not need. Indeed I would go in the opposite direction and do away with the 43 or so separate Constabularies and have one unified National Police Force , with specialised divisions as are required.

    So this time I will return my postal Ballot Paper but deliberately spoiled to say “None of the Above” as I feel that this whole idea is a total waste of time, effort, and money.

    Comment by Steve Foley | August 30, 2012 | Reply

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