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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Friday, 3 October 2014


When the concept of Police and Crime Commissioners was mooted I must admit to having a positive outlook. However since then a combination of  events has caused me to have second thoughts.  A recent news report has more or less convinced me that whilst the idea might have merit its implementation has not been carefully managed. 

The report in the Northern Echo of three regional PCCs castigating a crown court judge for his sentence in a case of actual bodily harm in a domestic context shows that those people have not referred to the limits of their powers.  They have entered an arena which they should have had the good sense to   avoid.  In addition their referral was directed to a body that they should have known had no jurisdiction over their  so called complaint.  The post of Police and Crime Commissioner requires immediate overhaul. 

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