It's PCC election day today!

  WhiteTruckMan 09:43 15 Nov 2012

Wow! (yawn). Certainly one of the most low key elections that I can recall in this country. The media dont seem to be giving it much attention. I can't help but wonder if that is cause or effect.

And I still dont knbow if I'm even going to vote, let alone who for!


  johndrew 10:07 15 Nov 2012

Given the amount of effort made by candidates in this area to advertise themselves - a single flyer for only one - it would appear they also consider it 'low key'. Hardly surprising the media are giving it as much attention as I shall!!

  flycatcher1 10:21 15 Nov 2012

In the past many people struggled to give the common person the right to vote. I am a little concerned about the election of Police Commissioners but, when we hear about mis-doing in the higher echelon of Police Management, I think that a change could be beneficial.

For this reason I am going to vote even though the information about our candidates is hard to find.

  caccy 10:42 15 Nov 2012

I'll vote because it is my right to do so. But I do agree that it has been very low key especially in this area.

  canarieslover 10:45 15 Nov 2012

Total lack of candidate information in my area. I intend to go along and spoil my vote with a comment to express my disappointment in the lack of enthusiasm shown by any of them.

  WhiteTruckMan 10:59 15 Nov 2012


I have to say that spoiling your vote is really a pointless exercise. In my own experience I (along with all the other candidates) was given the opportunity to examine spoiled votes. And a pretty sad looking pile they were too, mainly consisting of semi literate obscenities by people who perhaps thought they were being funny. No official notice is taken, save the number of ballots spoiled. Then they are stored away with the rest of the valid papers until the can be disposed of.

And thats it, really.


  oresome 11:30 15 Nov 2012

In the absence of any literature through the letterbox, I've downloaded and printed all the candidates election statements.

The problem is that they all make similar glib statements without any detail as to how this will be accomplished.

Cut red tape

More front line officers

Zero tolerance to knife and gun crime

Get police and local communities working together

Protect people from domestic violence and rape

At least one acknowledges that around 2000 staff need to be cut to meet the budget requirements, yet another proposes recruiting 850 special constables, while another wishes to keep the bobby on the beat, but opposes any privatisation of backroom services.

I am puzzled by the fact that the present police committee comprises 17 individuals, to be replaced by the police commissioner. There is no mention of him or her having any staff.

  WhiteTruckMan 11:50 15 Nov 2012

I've looked at the online literature, and theres very little difference between the candidates here too. If I do vote it will be for the ukip candidate. Not because I have any strong feeling towards him, more like a natural sympathy for anyone trying to beat the big party lines.

Having said that, the big choice for me is whether to vote or not.

Decisions, decisions.


(and yes, I do know that there are places where people are dying for the right to vote. While respecting that, I will not be guited into voting)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:07 15 Nov 2012

I'm spotting a theme here

very low information from the candidates.

get the feeling they don't want us to vote, if so who benefits if the turn out is so low. the one with the largest family to vote for them?

  WhiteTruckMan 12:28 15 Nov 2012

Not so much the largest family as the party faithful. Those are the ones who would vote for a donkey if you stuck the correctly coloured rosette on it.

  morddwyd 13:02 15 Nov 2012

"More front line officers

Zero tolerance to knife and gun crime

Get police and local communities working together

Protect people from domestic violence and rape"

Anyone in Scotland will recognise that as Alex Sakmond;s election manifesto!

I suspect it also appeared in many English ones!

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