Far better to have spent the 100 million on actual police officer recruitment, rather than set up 41 commissioners across the UK, which are political posts effectively, and the post holder is paid far too much for what they are expected to do, anyway.
I have some understanding of the candidates, as material is available on the internet, and there have been hustings where one can meet all the candidates in various parts of the county, ahead of election. However I understand the point of view of many, who say they have no knowledge of the candidates, this is particularly due to the failure in this election to provide relevant literature to all voters (households) – a failure of the government to include this.
The only positive things to come out of this are
a the low turnout,
b the large number of spoilt papers
c a good number of independent candidates were elected (but how independent of party politics are they really?)
It’s a pointless position, let the police get on with it. I’m not in an informed enough position to decide anyway, not least because we know next to nothing about the candidates. Most of them are representing political parties anyway, and politics should have absolutely no role in this anyway. As with parliamentary elections, the choice is just a bunch of self serving career chasing politicos, that are in it for themselves and their party, not to actually listen to and represent their constituents.
Posted on by user2
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.