Vote? Thursday? You’d be forgiven for missing the election for Police & Crime Commissioner – it hasn’t been well publicised, and you may well have just chucked your poll cards into the recycling with the junk mail… well dig them out again, because this is ONE VOTE where we the people can have an impact, and show Parliament as a whole what we think of it.
If we all went out and voted for an INDEPENDENT, we can ensure the political parties don’t get a stranglehold on our police, or even worse to prevent a fascist from getting in! In Dyfed-Powys, Durham, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Sussex, you don’t have much of a choice (but to vote against the Tories)… while in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, Liverpool and South Yorkshire we’ve got to get out and vote to stop fascist candidates. There are also a few places where I got a despot alert from looking at the independent candidates’ manifestos… So treat all with caution. If anyone believes I have made a grave error of judgement by including any of the candidates in the list below, please let me know as soon as possible.
You may be one of the 60+% who don’t vote, who politicians claim are ‘apathetic’, when the reason many don’t vote is because they feel no political party represents them. Well, apart from a few police force areas, this is our chance to show we are NOT apathetic and we DON’T want a political party running everything. If the Tories get in, privatisation will almost certainly rapidly follow, along with cuts. Before you know it, a private security firm will be making arrests, running the 999 service and investigating complaints. That seems to be why they decided to create this new post and open it up to political players.
Just imagine if enough of us people disenchanted with political parties turned out and voted on Thursday (7am-10pm), we could give the politicians a message, hands off, and potentially reconcile some difficulties with the public-police relationship in the meantime.
And if we don’t vote, not only is there a strong risk Tories will vote, but there are also fascists standing in some areas, and a few places where independents who seem to have a bit of a totalitarian outlook standing. See this site for full details: http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk
You might have received hand-delivered leaflets from political parties, but you’d be more unlikely to receive one from the independent candidate as the Government has denied all candidates their usual electoral right to a free mailshot. Every candidate had to find £5,000 to stand, and as the run-up to the election hasn’t been well publicised, the independent candidates tend to be those who were in the know: ex-police officers, people in other public service, some of them with some progressive and positive ideas. Another hurdle for independents is that they need to find 100 nominations to stand, while those from political parties only 10.
I should point out that this article and others are the views of Tarzan Evans, and not necessarily the FOIST collective. And it doesn’t seem to be anything to do with FOIST, you might think? Well as a citizen of FOIST I demand to have my say, autonomously… anyway, let me soothe you with some HELIUM DEALER, and Avoiding Keith, our hit tune of 2010… below is the list of candidates I recommend. If anyone spots any wrong ‘uns on there, let me know…
And PLEASE share this blog around, copy and paste it, whatever… THIS IS PRETTY VITAL… vote to keep politicians (an increasingly sinister bunch, they seem, or is it just me?) from controlling the police AND to reject ALL of them (where possible, in a few places – notably South Yorkshire, where Labour seems to be the only option to stop UKIP, the Tories or English Democrats)… In some places there are 2 recommended candidates, and you get a 1st and 2nd choice… Your vote still counts, however, if you leave the second choice blank (as long as you mark the first choice).
RIGHT-WING DANGER LEVEL KEY
F: Fascist/ nationalist also standing
T: Independent candidate also standing who is displaying totalitarian/draconian/right-wing zero tolerance-style tendencies
U: UKIP also standing
NB: Tories are standing in all places
Avon & Somerset: Sue Mountstevens www.suemountstevens.co.uk
Bedfordshire: Mezanur Rashid http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/candidates/mezanur-rashid/ F
Cambridgeshire: Farooq Mohammed http://www.pcc-cambs-farooq.co.uk/ F
Cheshire: Sarah Flannery pcc-cheshire.co.uk/U
Cleveland: Sultan Alam www.alamforpcc.co.uk Joe Michna (Green Party) joemichna.co.uk
Cumbria: Mary Robinson maryrobinson4pcc.co.uk
Derbyshire: Rod Hutton http://www.rod4derbyshirepcc.com/U
Dorset: Martyn Underhill http://www.keeppoliticsoutofpolicing.co.uk/
Durham: NO RECOMMENDED INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE T U
Dyfed-Powys: NO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE
Essex: Linda Belgrove www.lindabelgrove4pcc-essex.com F U
Gloucestershire: Martin Surl www.policecommissioner.net
Greater Manchester: Roy Warren http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/candidates/roy-warren-4/U
Gwent: Ian Johnson www.ianjohnston4pcc.com
Christopher Wright: chris4gwentpcc.co.uk
Hertfordshire: NO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE U
Humberside: Paul Davison www.pauldavison4pcc.co.uk U.
Lancashire: NO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE U
Leicestershire: Suleman Nagdi www.nagdi.co.uk
Lincolnshire: Alan Hardwick http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/candidates/alan-hardwick/T
Liverpool: Kiron Reid www.Kiron4Commissioner.com F U
Norfolk: Stephen Bett http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/candidates/stephen-bett/ U
Northamptonshire: John Norrie www.johnnorrie.co.uk U
North Wales: Winston Roddick www.winston4pcc.com U
North Yorkshire: NO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE, ONLY TORY AND LABOUR
Nottinghamshire: Malcolm Spencer http://www.malcolmspencer4pcc.co.uk/
South Wales: Mike Baker http://www.michaelabaker.co.uk/index.htm
Tony Verderame: http://www.verderame.co.uk/
South Yorkshire: NO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE F U
Staffordshire: NO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE, ONLY TORY AND LABOUR
Suffolk: David Cocks http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/candidates/david-cocks/ U
Surrey: Peter Williams www.policingnotpolitics.com T U
Sussex: NO RECOMMENDED INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE U
Thames Valley: Patience Tayo Awe http://www.patienceawe.co.uk/ U
Warwickshire: Ronald Ball http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/candidates/ronald-ball/
West Mercia: Bill Longmore www.bill4pcc.co.uk
Wiltshire: Liam Silcocks http://www.liamsilcocks.co.uk/aboutme.html T U
SO THURSDAY… IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE VOTE TO KEEP POLITICS OUT OF POLICING
Here’s TURBOWANKER to play us out: