The Police and Crime Commissioner Poison Pill

Today, voters in England and Wales (except London) will have the opportunity to vote for Police and Crime Commissioners to replace the Police Authorities which had, largely unobserved, provided governance input into local policing. Although the opportunity is there, it is likely that turnout for the elections will be the lowest for any national election, estimated by some to be as low as 15% of registered voters. Certainly when I went to vote earlier this morning there seemed to have been barely half a dozen people voting ahead of me in the two hours since the polling station had opened. Continue reading