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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Politics and the police

Today's Western Mail reports that Falklands veteran Simon Weston has pulled out of the race  for the £100,000-a-year job of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales because he was becoming disillusioned and the campaign was “too political”.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “With regret pulling out of the PCC role for South Wales. Became disillusioned by the fact it was getting 2 political & not serving the people.”

What is confusing me is how anybody can announce they are a candidate in a political election whilst thinking that they can keep politics out it. But then that is me.
You have missed the point, it shouldn't be a political post it is meant to be a post for someone who can keep the police away from politics while serving the community by addressing their needs from a policing point of view. Unfortunately the political parties have high jacked it. Or is it just more smoke and mirrors from this discredited coalition
No my point is that once you create an elected post then it is automatically political irrespective of the reason for creating it. To announce that you will be taking part in an election and thinking you can avoid politics is naive in the extreme.

If the post is designed to keep the police away from politics then it can only do that by engaging in a political process. Of course the act of election makes it more accountable but accountability means scrutiny and that leads to the sort of games you see day in and day out in the House of Commons.
You should read that back to yourself
That is the reality, like it or not. These elections are intensely political and will become more so.
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