The whole role of PCC was a knee jerk reaction based on the American idea of 'elect your own sheriff',mainly for accountability and transparency purposes. If you don't like the way things are going, then at the next election you vote them out.
What a number of people perhaps do not know, is the way the old system worked, and how the new system was to make major changes. The 'new system' still allows local councillor's to have control, and even veto the PCC.
There are a number of PCC's who are on a collision course with their Chief Constables, mainly due to a 'us and them' power and confrontation barrier, and in some cases being pure stubborn.
PCCs were supposed to be one move to make people take more responsibility for their own communities. It would seem that most people are happy just to moan about what is wrong but don't want to have to do anything about it.
The Tory manifesto for 2010 was titled 'Invitation to Join the Government of Britain'. Seems like most people declined that invite.
"The Tory manifesto for 2010 was titled 'Invitation to Join the Government of Britain'. Seems like most people declined that invite."
And who can blame them, because I think most know that if you are not part of the inner circle, or have a tendency to rock the boat, then that type of invitation isn't open, because it doesn't allow for accountability or transparency, like some of us would like to see.
This PCC subject is very like the role of 'Mayor' in some parts of the country, when the Mayor role was forced upon the electorate by certain political parties?.