I think the unelected Police Authority had to go. I do acknowledge that while it lasted it tried to do it’s best.
Whether an elected police commissioner will work, well, I have my doubts.
In that role he fell out with the leader Ian Croft and his incompetent cronies, who were so shamed by the KPMG conduct report 2005, following the jailing of leader Jim Speechley in 2004, they all resigned.
Mr Bowles had earlier resigned.
He then took up employment with West Lindsey District Council on a high public sector salary. Now he wants to be our police chief.
OK, but we should bear in mind, that if things don’t go his way, he is a man who knows how to get appropriate compensation from his employers; ie you and me.
So doubts remain in my mind, even though I feel he may be the right man for the job.
I’ve yet to be persuaded by other candidates because I’ve had little exposure to their views.
One thing experience has taught me is that the Labour Party will always demand more taxpayers’ money and deliver little.
I truly hope someone can take on this role and restore confidence in the integrity of public office.
However, I’m not holding my breath.
I urge everyone to vote on this issue.
The more we vote the greater our power in calling these people to account.