Trust is needed

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I WATCHED the two women candidates (good thing) for the police and crime commissioner’s job for North Yorkshire on the Sunday Politics show on the BBC.

Listening carefully to the contribution of each candidate, I was left asking myself the question: “Does Ruth Potter really know what this election is about?”

Here entire contribution was to blame the police and Home Office budget cuts on the Coalition, forgetting to mention the huge mess the last Government left, making the cuts necessary.

She said nothing about how she intended to represent the people of North Yorkshire and what she would do to put their views and preferences to the police and crime agencies if she was elected.

Her breathless, rapid-fire Labour party political slogans left me wondering whether she imagines she is in a party-political contest.

This begs the question as to whether someone so fixated on running her campaign along party tramlines could be relied on to be the impartial conduit between the public, the police and crime agencies this important new position demands?

The new PCC must be able to command the trust of all citizens of North Yorkshire, no matter what their personal political preferences may be.

Barbara Marshall, Brinkworth Terrace, York.

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1:52pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

You are not the only one to doubt whether Ruth Potter is the right candidate for the job.
Politics aside (and I am no Tory), I have now obtained the promotional literature from both candidates.There is no doubt that Julia Mullen has done her homework as she provides a more sensible and thoughtful description of her intention to listen to the public, and to use the information gained to make the police force respond to public needs. One of the main problems is under the old system, where Ruth was Council Representative on the Police Authority, was the total absence of any feedback & public involvement.Can anyone remember any public meetings where problems could be discussed? The Ward Meetings where a PCSO or Sergeant attended were parochial in the extreme, with no real sense of understanding or exchange of ideas.
Sadly the Government has caused the politicisation of this election as independent candidates just could not afford the fee or the cost of publicity.
I will probably vote tomorrow but with not much hope of massive changes.
You are not the only one to doubt whether Ruth Potter is the right candidate for the job. Politics aside (and I am no Tory), I have now obtained the promotional literature from both candidates.There is no doubt that Julia Mullen has done her homework as she provides a more sensible and thoughtful description of her intention to listen to the public, and to use the information gained to make the police force respond to public needs. One of the main problems is under the old system, where Ruth was Council Representative on the Police Authority, was the total absence of any feedback & public involvement.Can anyone remember any public meetings where problems could be discussed? The Ward Meetings where a PCSO or Sergeant attended were parochial in the extreme, with no real sense of understanding or exchange of ideas. Sadly the Government has caused the politicisation of this election as independent candidates just could not afford the fee or the cost of publicity. I will probably vote tomorrow but with not much hope of massive changes. Older Sometimes Wiser
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3:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Sillybillies says...

I WATCHED the two women candidates (good thing) .........

What is meant by that remark, could it be sexist?
[quote]I WATCHED the two women candidates (good thing) ......... [/quote] What is meant by that remark, could it be sexist? Sillybillies
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10:07pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Steve up north says...

Older Sometimes Wiser - You have not done your homework very well, have you? The Conservative candidate is called Julia Mulligan!
Older Sometimes Wiser - You have not done your homework very well, have you? The Conservative candidate is called Julia Mulligan! Steve up north
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11:24am Thu 15 Nov 12

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

Steve up north wrote:
Older Sometimes Wiser - You have not done your homework very well, have you? The Conservative candidate is called Julia Mulligan!
Apologies for the mistake, a senior moment. I do know her name and her policies, which many on here appear not to have checked out.
If you do have something useful to say about the election or the candidates let's hear it!
[quote][p][bold]Steve up north[/bold] wrote: Older Sometimes Wiser - You have not done your homework very well, have you? The Conservative candidate is called Julia Mulligan![/p][/quote]Apologies for the mistake, a senior moment. I do know her name and her policies, which many on here appear not to have checked out. If you do have something useful to say about the election or the candidates let's hear it! Older Sometimes Wiser
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