We do not need a politicised police chief
WHY hold the election for Police and Crime Commissioner anyway? I already have an MP, a county councillor, a district councillor and my parish councillors to approach concerning the local police.
Ballot papers are made out this time for SV (supplementary voting) a system new to most citizens - not the simple and usual first-past-the-post.
The total cost of the election has been put at �75m, at a time when our priority should be to act with financial restraint - but if you think you’ll get a new copper in your village, hard luck.
The aim of the election in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is to find someone who will supervise the police on a new private computer business, whose chief executive may be expected to earn �500,000 per year.
The scheme has been put forward by Lord Wasserman of Pimlico in the City of Westminster - a Canadian who is adviser to HM Government. Lord Wasserman was raised to the peerage on January 13, 2011. His advisory background includes work with police departments in the USA.
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This further lurch towards Conservatised private manipulation is supported in Cambridge by Sir Graham Bright, the only candidate to put out a glossy (presumably expensive) brochure. His leaflet, headed ‘Huntingdon’, asks people to “vote only Conservative”.
I regard this election as an attempt at politicising our police force. Surely we do not want to accept USA practices in our hitherto independent country.
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My personal thanks go to our hard working and independent police force in Cambridgeshire.