Monday, June 11, 2007

Via The Dude, a coherent and well-reasoned article on why we should have elected sheriffs. I agree with it in general (although it is something that Wat Tyler has been banging the drum about for some time so it's hardly anything new to us bloggers).

I do not agree with the Dude's claim that it is a reason to vote Conservative, simply because the authors are a Tory MP and MEP: until Cameron adopts it as policy, the idea of elected sheriffs it has as much to do with the Conservative Party as Hannan's attitude to the EU.

8 comments:

Roger Thornhill said...

The issue with elected sherrifs depends on the size of their constituency.

I wonder if people would be so happy if a Sherrif was voted on a platform to tolerate Sharia courts and punishments for criminal offences, for example.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Uh, surely they would be covered by British law?

DK

Roger Thornhill said...

...but then surely sentencing guidelines?

I can see how resource distribution could be effected by a Sheriff's policy, so turning a blind eye to one thing and not another is some way along that path, I fear. Maybe I am being cautious, but it would be interesting to see what would be possible for a Sheriffs.

Shotgun said...

until Cameron adopts it as policy, the idea of elected sheriffs it has as much to do with the Conservative Party as Hannan's attitude to the EU.

With the all new Cameron Blue New Labour, it will depend on whether there are vtes in 'that thar' policy... and also whether it becomes a popular concept for the media.

Andy Cooke said...

until Cameron adopts it as policy, the idea of elected sheriffs it has as much to do with the Conservative Party as Hannan's attitude to the EU

Is this close enough:

Democratically-accountable policing: "Like any public service, the police must be accountable. But I believe that this accountability should primarily be local. After all, police forces grew out of the localities. In my judgement, police authorities are too weak and too invisible to exercise that local accountability so we plan to replace them with directly elected commissioners – commissioners, not police chiefs - who will answer to their communities."

David Cameron, May 17, Speech to the Police Federation.

Jackart said...

It already is Conservative policy.

Matthew Sinclair said...

The report "Policing for the People" hit on similar themes and was from the Police Reform Taskforce which is very much a party body. This, or something very close to it, looks like pretty much a certainty for the next manifesto.

Praguetory said...

David Davis talked of little else at a Fringe Event I attended last year.