Hostility caused low turnout
WITH one in ten voters in Swansea turning out to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, I think it's high time the Westminster government conceded that the people of England and Wales have rejected yet another top-down reorganisation of a national institution.
Many Swansea residents I spoke to were not simply apathetic, but were actively hostile to these new positions. People consciously withdrew their consent by abstaining from the ballot, a fact Conservative spin doctors cannot hide from.
Police Commissioners elected on the basis of a 10-15 per cent turnout do not give them the authority they require to take office.
It is an insult to British democracy when David Cameron claims Police Commissioners can be legitimately elected on such a low turnout, while criticising Trade Union strike ballots as illegitimate when turnout is considerably higher.
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I write in a personal capacity, but will be urging colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party to adopt a policy to scrap the commissioners and return to the Police Authorities which were mainly composed of local councillors, who are just as democratically accountable.
Councillor John Bayliss
Uplands Ward, Swansea