News today that the Tories may not even field candidates for their cherished police commissioner posts, but instead are ‘considering instead whether to put … support behind other contenders, such as prominent and distinguished local individuals’ shows that this awesomely bad policy is starting to founder.
Meanwhile Labour are having similar doubts and, as discussed elsewhere on Lib Dem Voice, our own Party is hardly racing towards a sensible selection process.
The problem, of course, is not just that the legislation is not finalised but that the elections will be hideously expensive, covering in some cases several county areas: this is a lot of leaflets for questionable benefit – whether political or policing.
In addition the deposit for candidates is likely to be £5,000 – a further substantial challenge to campaign cash flow.
By contrast, apparently, the BNP will be fielding candidates.
Need I say more?