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Police vote dilemma
I UNDERSTAND the dilemma faced by Mr Howard (Letters, October 31). There is more information available on my website yorklabour.org.uk/police/ and I am happy to chat about the role at any time.
The problem we face is the lack of information for the public about the role and the lack of funding for a freepost delivery of electoral materials.
The Home Office has limited the number of words to 300 on the official choosemypcc.org.uk website and this makes it very difficult to describe how a candidate would tackle the role.
I hope residents do take part in the election. The turn-out is predicted to be very low and I would encourage people to use their vote.
Ruth Potter, Labour candidate for police and crime commissioner, Chaucer Street, York.
• POLICE commissioners – we have a choice of two politicians – which is no choice at all.
Not that there should be a choice. What next? Are we going to be asked to vote for the sheriff or perhaps the local dog-catcher on this Government’s Gadarene swine-like rush to self-destruction in their apparent wish to emulate the US system? I will go to the voting booth because I believe that is what we should all do. However I will write on my voting slip “this is wrong”. Would that everyone else does.
Leave policing to the police – they are the professionals. Do not allow inexperienced, would-be politicians to meddle with law and order. It is a recipe for disaster.
Major John Jessop, Dalby Mead, York.
• ANDREW Hitchon is quite right (Column, October 30) about the election for new police “supremos” – but with one reservation.
I have never not voted since I was old enough to vote, and shall go to my local polling station this time too.
But unless those politicians who have dreamed up this new idea have by then explained to us why it is an improvement on our present system of police authorities (including elected representatives), I shall cross out both names on the ballot paper and write in “Status Quo” – that is “no change”.
I fear few will vote, and why should they? The election day with nevertheless cost a huge sum – how much? And who pays the bill?
If 20 per cent vote, and half spoil their ballot papers, will the person with a majority still be declared to have been elected? It may be far fewer than 20 per cent. How few voters are needed to elect one candidate rather than the other? Democracy, did they say?
This seems to me rather like dictatorship. “We know what’s best for you, and whatever you think or say you are going to get it.” Roll on the next real election, when we can have a change at the top!
Sadly, but sincerely, Joyce Pickard, Hansom Place, York.