Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Monday, 14 October 2013
ALL 15% OF YOU PAYS YOUR MONEY AND YOU GETS YOUR CHOICE OF POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER
It is almost two years since the election of the first Police and Crime Commissioners for England and Wales. There was considerable controversy over this policy but it was driven through by the Coalition in the face of much reasoned opposition. Forecasts of public inertia were discounted only to be proved correct by a turn out to vote of only 15% of those so entitled. Since then there seems to have been continuing media interest in the goings on of these public servants, their associates and their cost to the public purse. Currently there are investigations into the affairs of the P.C.C.s in Lancashire, Durham and North Wales. A first report by the well respected Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons on the activities of P.C.Cs was published earlier this year in May. It makes for an interesting if somewhat lengthy read.