Yes, you did read that correctly- both of the candidates in the running to replace Shaun Wright as South Yorkshire Police and Crime commissioner want the posts to be scrapped.
Now to me, this is saying that even though you disagree with something, you are still willing to be paid a handsome sum for doing the very thing you disagree with. That can’t be right, can it ?
Labour’s Billings and UKIP’s Clarkson have both said separately they oppose the roles – but want a suitable person in the job while it still exists.
“Having got them, you have to take them seriously and do a serious job until the point where they come to an end. You have to make sure the powers are used responsibly as well. It would be quite negligent for Labour to walk away even if it doesn’t support the idea,” he said.
Mr Clarkson said he is opposed to the principle of PCCs but that
“While the role is there you have got to make the best of it.”
Yeah, sure. And we the public have to put up with this whether we like it or not.
Doesn’t seem much different to what we’ve just had, in my view.