Although I had an independent candidate I could pick, I object to the idea that policing priorities will be decided in a short-term fashion, with an eye to pleasing the ‘swing’ voter by a lavishly paid individual with one eye always on re-election
I disagree with an elected official in charge of the police. The police should run the police, politics should stay in Westminster.
This is not America. Stop trying to make us into the 51st state.
PS: I coloured in all the party logos on my PCC paper. I hope the ballot counters smiled at my efforts.
I saw no reason to take part in a badly planned, unneeded pet project of the government. If they wanted to engage with the electorate why did they not spread more information about it.
This position did not need to be politicised. I hope the low turnout and increased spoilt ballot with show the government that they did not have popular support for this vote.
I would never vote for Tony Lloyd as he disgraced himself in my eyes by supporting “No to AV”.
I thought about voting for the independent but he provided very little information – didn’t even seem to have a website.
In the circumstances I feel that choosing “the least worst” wasn’t possible this time and only spoiling the ballot (something I never conceived I would do) was the only appropriate response.
I’ve been and gone and done it, and I feel a little bit better – but I’m mostly just angry!
I see no benefit of bring party politics into policing. actually it scares me. Would a PCC be working to help the community, or to help the political aims of their party?
This website allowed people to publicly explain why and let people know what message they were trying to send by spoiling their Police & Crime Commissioner ballot papers.
The submission form has now been removed, but the material collected is available to read.