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For the first time...should I vote or not?

It’s a toughie. Well, for me it is anyway. For the first time in my adult life, I’m wondering whether I should use my vote.

Have your say

Just back from voting - or should I say spoiling my ballot paper. I took great delight in drawing a silly picture on the paper, as I totally disagree with the whole crime commissioner fiasco.

Posted by Anon on 15 November 2012 at 22:26

Completely agree with TW. For me it is either the independent candidate (the ONLY one who could be bothered to send me any literature) or spoiling my ballot. Given the inevitability that someone will be chosen, not voting speaks to no one. I think the ideal result would be: 1st - Spoiled Ballots, 2nd - The Independent Candidate, 3rd - The Labour/LibDem/Conservative rabble too lazy to send anything out (to me at least).

This could be the best result ever for Spoiled Ballots in British electoral history.

Posted by BM on 14 November 2012 at 21:13

"Bob, reading party manifestos before an election is like reading fairy stories.... they are unbelievable ! "

Except, they are doing what they said they would.

Posted by Bob on 14 November 2012 at 17:48

Bob, reading party manifestos before an election is like reading fairy stories.... they are unbelievable !

Posted by Ian on 14 November 2012 at 14:54

Police Commissioners were part of the Conservative Party manifesto. If you couldnt be bothered to read, it tough, but it is ludicrous to say you werent asked.

Posted by Bob on 14 November 2012 at 12:43

If you do not want a candidate attached to a political party there is an Independant candidate to vote for.

And if you do not agree with any of this process, do not sit at home and not vote. Go along and submit a spoiled ballot paper.

Posted by TW on 14 November 2012 at 10:37

Chris, you are missing the point that £70 million has been used to promote the PCC elections, a complete waste of tax payers money.

I will not vote as I do not feel the need for change for changes sake in order to make a political statement, they interfere enough in our lives it's time for them to lay off and get their own house in order.

Posted by Ian on 14 November 2012 at 09:00

Before I vote for a Police Commissioner with a political agenda and a very large salary, I would first like to have some say on wether I want or feel the need for such a position. Oh, that is not an option of course because the political powers know whats best for us using their incredible Extra Sensory Perception. We,the voters have a vote but not a voice. What makes the politicians believe they are acting on our behalf. They haven't asked what we want. The candidates are unknown to us....! This is without doubt a political action for political power!

Posted by Brian on 14 November 2012 at 00:38

First of all, if you think one person will have too much power that's a reason to make sure you do vote in the election, not a reason not to vote. Though there will be checks and balances in the new system.

Secondly, the Police and Crime Commissioner replaces the Police Authority, not the Chief Constable, who will still be there and will still have operational control. The PCC is there to set budgets and priorities and cannot direct the Chief Constable or any other sworn officer on who to arrest or how to conduct any individual investigation.

Thirdly it will cost less money, not more: the new Commissioner's salary will be well under half what is currently paid to the seventeen members of the Police Authoriy.

And finally whether you agree with the decision to create the job or not, it is there now: if you don't vote you are simply depriving yourself of a voice.

Posted by Chris Whiteside on 13 November 2012 at 09:47

The Police and Crime Commissioners are happening no matter what we all think of it. This is just another case of the politicians in Westminster doing what they want without involving the people of the country.
However, The PCC I believe will be a breath of fresh air to the residents of Cumbria given that he/she will lead a team through Cumbria seeking opinion of what is important to us all at a local level to give them the ability to write up the correct Policing Plan with the Chief Constable.
We will also see the same team regularly within our communities collecting follow up information with regards to how that service is being delivered.


I will be voting for an Independent Candidate to ensure that Party Politics are kept out of our Police Force.

Posted by Gordon Sandilands on 12 November 2012 at 17:39

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