The Police and Crime Commissioners election, what a farce.
How many of you exercised your democratic rights to vote? not many I’m guessing. I did, I went to the polling station. there were 6 staff there. I was the only one in there. I didn’t see anyone on the way in or the way out. The staff looked bored.
I spoiled my paper by leaving a choice message to the candidates on it.
It was an election that nobody called for, nobody was interested in, and practically nobody bothered about. I saw on the BBC News that it cost something like Â£100million. I have no idea of that’s true or not. I’m bloody sure, had they had the election in May with all the others, they’d have got a far higher turnout, and would have saved the country a packet. I’ve not heard why it was so important to have this election in the middle of November, unless it was to do with engineering a favourable list of suitably biased Commissioners for the government…
I do know someone who manned a polling station from 6.30am until 10.30pm, had 100 people voting out of an electoral roll of 2,000, and was paid Â£170.
I received one leaflet through the door, I think it was from the Conservative candidate. I have not the first clue what the others were proposing. I did note that when interviewed 75% of the candidates couldn’t even recall the name of the chief constable and none knew how many police officers are in our force. And one of them is now responsible for running the police service.