Most of us have forgotten (or never noticed) that we have elections coming up for our "local" police and crime commissioners on November 15. I have never honestly been convinced that the election of a (well paid) P&CC will do much for the democratic deficit in policing policy.
In fact -- problems though there may have been with the old local Police Authorities, now being abolished -- they seemed quite democratic enough for me. The majority of members after all were elected councillors, and the fact that they were a group of people rather than an individual meant that they could easily represent different interest groups within the local community, and different areas within the authority.
Besides, I'm not sure I like the idea of my Chief Constable being sackable by a single elected official (as the info websites seem to imply, but I can't quite believe is true). And I am fairly certain that we shall not be paying any less for the new "men" (and they will mostly be men) at the top. Look, for example, what is happening in Devon and Cornwall, where there has already been a c£50k a year job advertised for a media manager for the lucky new P&CC.
Anyway, my choices now are between a) vote for one of the candidates in Cambridgeshire; b) spoil my ballot paper (on the grounds that women should always vote in some form, to give thanks to those who gave us the vote); or c) just tear it up when it comes through the door.
The local candidates, I have to say, are not a particularly inspiring bunch.