Sunday, 4 November 2012

Police Commissioners

Last Thursday night I went to listen to the five Candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales take part in the TCC (an influential lobbying group) Accountability Meeting.

The candidates had been provided with 4 questions in advance of the meeting and then audience questions.

The structure of the meeting did not allow robust challenge to candidates answers which gave them the opportunity to provide populist answers to please the audience rather than pragmatic practical answers.

Richard Hibbs an independent candidate promised every household a £20 council tax rebate out of Police reserves.

Warwick Nicholson the UKIP candidate and ex cop harked back to the glory days when he joined in 1964 and gave the impression that he wished to return to the so called Dixon halcyon days
which is all very romantic but not really practical.

The third candidate was Colm McCabe the Conservative who came over as very affable with his soft Irish lilt; his answers though left a great deal to be desired. A question was asked about outsourcing police services and Colm adamantly opposed such outsourcing despite his government's support for private sector involvement in public services. In all honesty he sounded too good to be true.

In my opinion the three candidates mentioned are lightweight and inexperienced and not up to the job of Police Commissioner.

The two remaining candidates, Labour's Tal Michael and the independent Winston Roddick are both competent and experienced public servants with wide experience of Policing and criminal justice.

Both candidates provided excellent answers but with Tal Michael ahead on points; this is however unsurprising as Tal was Chief Executive of North Wales Police Authority until March this year and there was a certain expectation of him. Winston Roddick on the other hand, had an air of authority about him and he was more statesmanlike.

The crunch for me and the deciding factor was the difference between a candidate with political affiliations and an independent candidate, I just don't believe a political candidate can demonstrate the same impartiality as an independent candidate.

That is why I will be voting for Winston Roddick.

5 comments:

Un o Eryri said...

Voting Labour for first time
After a lot of thought I have decided which way to vote in the Police Commisioner’s Election. I have looked at Winston Roddick. Two statements off him has ensured I cannot support him. 1. Golwg Winston was quoted as referring to people who insist on speaking Welsh in Caernarfon as “people like that” and 2. When Winston was a judge in a case of a serious attack on a Woman by her estranged husband this is a Quote from him Sentencing, the judge, Mr Recorder Winston Roddick QC said: “I have considered everything said on your behalf. You have shown genuine remorse and are ashamed of what you did.
“You have an outstanding record of public service. The sentence is the shortest time the law permits.”
It is also worth noting that some Right wing Blogs also support him.
I accept that these are Newspaper Quotes, but if they are wrong I would expect a person of such high legal Status to have them corrected immediately. I haven’t seen any corrections.
That is enough negativity, therefore let’s try to say something positive. Plaid Cymru is my natural political home, but I have always stated, apart from the Tony Blair period, that if I lived in England I would vote Labour, and I would also expect Labour voters from England to vote for the Party of Wales here in Wales.
For these reasons and seeing as Plaid Cymru have no candidate in these Elections, I will be be voting Labour for this election.

Anonymous said...

I fully agree with "un o Eryri". I was gobsmacked to read Winston Roddick comments in GOLWG. Referring to those who wish to participate in Welsh as jury members "pobol o'r math yma". I found his comments and attitude towards the Welsh language both insulting and derogatory. The article appeared on October 12th but, to date, still no challenge to his quote in that article. How on earth will a man with this attitude consult with rural Welsh speaking communities ? Too much twang, too much english and , quite frankly - dare I say it - I feel at 72 he is also far too old. The ONLY choice now , for me also, is Tal Michael.

glynbeddau said...

The same Tal Michael
who in his time on Islington council played a leading his role in the Labour row over the banning of a left-winger Liz Davies as a parliamentary candidate which resulted in Ms Davies issuing libel writs against him. and his admission in court that Davies had not
'heckled' at the education committee meeting in November 1994; 'nor did she incite violence on that or any other occasion'.Councillors Tal Michael, Phil Kelly, and James Purnell, had also agreed to make a contribution to the election campaign fund of Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn, and Ms Davies had agreed to pursue the action no further?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/party-finds-davies-innocent-1603476.html

glynbeddau said...

The same Tal Michael
who in his time on Islington council played a leading his role in the Labour row over the banning of a left-winger Liz Davies as a parliamentary candidate which resulted in Ms Davies issuing libel writs against him. and his admission in court that Davies had not
'heckled' at the education committee meeting in November 1994; 'nor did she incite violence on that or any other occasion'.Councillors Tal Michael, Phil Kelly, and James Purnell, had also agreed to make a contribution to the election campaign fund of Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn, and Ms Davies had agreed to pursue the action no further?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/party-finds-davies-innocent-1603476.html

Eric Jones said...


There is nothing wrong with being a Liberal Democrat, but Winston Roddick deliberately misled the public, describing himself asa "Independent" to avoid coming fifth - his certain fate if he had declared his political allegiance.. Now he further shows his contempt for the electorate he misled by continuing to work in another highly paid job.

Never mind, he's advertised for some highly paid and non-elected (£75,000 for a Chief Executive)staff to do the work for him.