Opposed to politicization of police

The idea that policework will be improved by having a party representative hanging around giving orders to it is simply ridiculous.

(The US is currently an ungovernable mess wracked by lethal and dirty party political infighting, bigotry and fearmongering at the polls, and the total breakdown of ethics in political life. So why are we trying so hard to emulate their system? It’s producing much worse results than ours!)

Object to politicizing the police.

I wanted to turn up and protest rather than just stay at home. We are not given a protest option on our ballots so spoiling is the only option.

I wrote ‘Do not politicize the police’.

There was an option to vote for a very qualified Independent candidate, but to vote for anyone would have validated the election, which I could not in good conscience do.

Now the Tories and even other elected P&CCs are blaming the different style of ballot paper and saying the electorate must have been confused. I will not be patronised in this way. I was not ‘confused’. I chose to protest, as is my democratic right to do.

Election only for a scapegoat

The police commissioner role will only be a scapegoat for the governments failed economic and crime prevention policies. The police commissioners and local councils have no real power over local economics or how drug rehabilitation operates. In fact they have little real power at all and the job can be done far more democratically and cheaper by retaining the current system.

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.