Monday, 10 September 2012

Police & Crime Commissioners, who are they?

It would appear that I am not the only one who is wondering who the prospective candidates are for the new Police & Crime Commissioners office. After contacting both the B.A.S.C and the Countryside Alliance to see if they had any ideas I have received a reply from the B.A.S.C, they too are more than a little concerned with the lack of information pertaining to the candidates, after all it’s less than ten weeks before you get to cast your vote. Despite all the media covering the fact that you will be able to vote for the new Police & Crime Commissioner to the best of my knowledge none of them have presented details of any of the candidates. The following is an extract from the email I received.... “One of the problems with this election has been the lack of information available to voters and even now we do not have a complete list of candidates. With regard to Sussex we understand that the following are confirmed as candidates: Godfrey Daniel for Labour, Katy Bourne for the Conservatives and the following independent candidates: Ian Chisnall, Nigel Goodyear, Philip Jones, David Neilson and Matt Taylor. According to our information the Liberal Democrats have not yet announced a candidate.
Why should this lack of information bother you? Well, whoever does get the job will be responsible for policy in the whole of Sussex. We have had in the past Commissioners and lower ranking officers making policy as they see fit, and then having to fight them in the courts, costing us, the tax payer money. Imagine if the man or woman in the Police & Crime Commissioners job was not supportive of either shooting or the rural way of life, and don’t get complacent, just because you do not take part in one aspect of the hunting or shooting sports don’t think for a minute that your particular branch of the sport will be safe. Those who would deny a target rifle will also deny a shotgun; anti hunting, anti shooting and anti civilian gun ownership groups all walk the same path. Often these individuals will be a member of many anti groups and they will use their position to promote their agenda. The wrong person sitting at the head of the Police & Crime Commission table could mean that resources better spent elsewhere will be used to prevent or stop you from being able to pursue your currently legal pastime or hobby.
As and when more information is available I will post the details for the world to see. I am not telling you to vote for anyone individual, but what I am asking you to do is get informed about the candidates and based upon what you think is important to you, cast your vote for the person you think will best help support and promote in a positive way what we hunters and shooters hold most dear, our way of life.
So before November 15th get informed, make sure that you are registered to vote and then on the day itself, get out and VOTE!!

1 comment:

matttaylor said...


Having met KATY BOURNE, GODFREY DANIEL and IAN CHISNALL during four Hustings events organised by the Sussex Association of Local Councils, I feel qualified to deliver my expert opinion on each of them, exploring their suitability for the top job.

So, lets start with the delightful, KATY BOURNE.

God forbid she gets the job. As I said publicly in the Hustings at Battle in Sussex.

“I would be so disappointed if Mrs Bourne wins Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election.

Its got nothing to do with her personally. She's a wonderful woman, successful in business and a loving mother.

What upsets me is that without the Conservative political machine behind her, Mrs Bourne is actually less qualified to do the job than I am.

Whatever she can DO, I can EQUAL and do BETTER.

This election should be about competence not political party backing.

It should be about the three i's, Integrity, Intelligence and Independence.

I hate to think that the Sussex voters are brain-washed sheep. But it seems as though they will blindly vote for a Conservative candidate regardless of the candidate's competence to do the job.

It's as if they've forgotten why they vote Tory in the first place, they just do....

We know from an article Katy wrote for the Independent Newspaper on 3 December 2009, that she wanted to be the MP for Suffolk. Alas, she wasn't selected and as a result vowed to carry on and try, try, try again.

I get the impression its all about POWER for Mrs Bourne. She doesn't care what the role is, whether its as a Member of Parliament or as Police and Crime Commissioner. The idea of being a woman in power is all the motivation she needs to carry on.

I'm not the only one who feels the same way. An ex-barrister called Duncan Roy (Scrapper Duncan) interviewed her for his blog and he feels the same way as I do. Namely to spoil your ballot paper, rather than vote for her.

But before you do so, lets move onto GODFREY DANIEL.

Again please read Scrapper Duncan's interview for a more in-depth analysis. But from my own experience, I just see a old man trying to recapture past glories.

To illustrate his unsuitability, I want to bring to your attention a news story from the Bognor Regis Observer.

As it reports; Godfrey visited Bognor to discuss the problem of street drinking. And here is a response posted in the comment's section, by a commentator called 'Kingzog.'

“As a Labour councillor in Hastings over the past 20 years or so, Mr Daniel has made such a good job of controlling street drinking that we now have a large contingent of junkies and alcoholics in the centre of St. Leonard's openly drinking and drug dealing. Very rarely do we see any patrolling police and rarely do we see clean pavements.”

Mr Daniel boasts of his talent for town planning. He says he likes 'Rules' and believes he's got the character to be a fair and competent Commissioner. But I don't think so....

Which brings us nicely onto IAN CHISNALL.

As a Street Pastor, he does a fantastic job caring for the less fortunate in society. He feeds the hungry and warms the cold. He clothes the naked and heals the sick. He wears sandals and prays. In another time and in another place, a crown of thorns would have been placed on his head...

I'm sure his voice will always be heard in Sussex Police and his contribution to the under-belly of Brighton's street-life is massive and commendable. Read his interview with Scrapper Duncan.

In my expert opinion, Ian Chisnall should keep to tending to his flock and leave the running of Sussex Police to someone with more Integrity, Intelligence and Independence.

Oooops, I nearly forgot to mention the ant-corruption candidates.

Matt Taylor and David Neilson.