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Really, this should come as no surprise

You know that creepy feeling you get when you strongly suspect something isn’t going to work – and then it breaks? Yes. That one.

Look at Paris Brown, Britain’s first youth police and crime commissioner, and promise you’ll always trust your instincts in future. You know it makes sense.

Was ever there a finer, more illustrative example of government-sponsored, tax-funded, bureaucratic sit-com gone belly-up?

A choking vision of back-combed beehive, smudged eyeliner and chewed fingernails, 17-year-old Paris wept hot tears of humiliation at having her tawdry tweets – largely concerning her sex life, drug taking and drinking – quoted back at her with inference she might not be the best, most trustworthy or respectable person to bridge that gap between law and yoof disorder.

Paris sobbed she’d been “wildly exaggerating” in “stupid, immoral” tweets posted when she was 14, 15 and 16, before her appointment to the position that, from July will earn her £15,000 a year.

That’s not a bad little earner actually – for a kid who bursts into tears the minute she’s caught out being naughty and who can’t yet apply her own make-up or find the road to the hairdresser’s.

Our own police and crime commissioner is taking more than a spot of flak at the moment for twice using a hired Mercedes with chauffeur to travel to and from evening engagements – clocking up a bill for just short of £700.

Richard Rhodes says that when he realised how expensive the car had been, he decided not to use it again. Quite a gesture, considering he’s had a car supplied with his job. Presumably it hadn’t occurred to him to check out the charge before travelling, which is what wiser taxi-users do. But hey, we all live and learn.

See? It’s not working, is it? This PCC thing is a dog’s breakfast, just as the vast majority of people – who refused even to vote for it – felt (creepily) that it would be.

Will police commissioners – young or otherwise – ever get past the scathing scrutiny their office attracts to do any good?

Doubtful. The office was already broken before the new paint was dry on its walls.

Paris Brown apparently went through a rigorous recruitment process for her job in Kent. Apparently.

“We had her vetted by the force and nobody normally looks through anybody's Twitter feed,” said

her boss, Ann Barnes.

Good grief! Can you believe that? Shouldn’t Twitter be the first place to look for a telly, warts and all character reference?

Yep. It’s broken.

Have your say

Police and Crime Commissioners, what a joke !!

Posted by Ian on 12 April 2013 at 18:29

Well said, Anne

Posted by David on 9 April 2013 at 20:08

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