Tomorrow is polling day, to elect police commissioners in England and Wales.
Having elected people in this role is new: this will be the first time we’ve done it. And it’s been remarkably quiet, with little news coverage and even less campaigning. One could be forgiven for ignoring it, or just not noticing it.
I will cast my vote. What persuaded me to take the trouble to find out about my local candidates was seeing who is against the changes. Specifically, former police chief Sir Ian Blair – who was The Liar’s chief henchman and spearheaded our rapid move towards a police state in the first decade of this century. When Blair urged people not to vote, that was enough for me: by voting I express my opposition to the police state.
In the absence of more detailed information, I was able to inform myself a little about the candidates using the police elections website. For some inexplicable reason we seem to have far more candidates here in Devon&Cornwall than anywhere else. Although there’s an element of “say what they’ll want to hear” in their election material, there’s sufficient information to conclude that some candidates appear better than others.