It doesn't matter if we think it a good idea or not, like most things it will happen no matter what we think.
I've seen what is being offered where I live, and pretty much as I expected it will be a party man who gets the job. It's because of that that I might seriously think about abstaining from voting, and thats a rare thing for me. Because I genuinely think that these commissioners posts will turn into sinecures for political has beens.
I've heard regret expressed by some politicians and commentators that more 'ordinary' people have not put their names foreward. Well perhaps the £5k deposit might have had something to do with it! At that price, I certainly couldn't afford to run.