Frequent flyers here at TopOfTheCops will know that a constant stream of news and views made for none of our regular updates last weekend, but the good news is that we now have a four-day weekend to make up for it. So, in no particular order:-
For a long-time now, Jon S Harvey, frequent commenter on these pages and a Labour Town Councillor in Buckingham, has been writing articles aplenty on the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, and question, after question, after question, for folk to ask the candidates, while repeatedly avoiding my questions of a “so, are you running or not” nature. Today he changed his ways and announced that he was on the Labour shortlist for the Thames Valley Police area. There is great joy in heaven over every sinner that repenteth, though I expect that we ought now to be in line for answer, after answer, after answer to those questions.
I don’t know if he has taken umbrage at my suggestion that his assertion that Ken Livingtone’s tax arrangements were a non-story amounted to defending the indefensible but, instead of a Candidate Statement, he has pointed me, and therefore you, to his website only.
As the Police Foundation research into voting in Police Areas suggests that Thames Valley, the Prime Minister’s own area, falls to the Conservatives in four out of, er, four scenarios, and as Cllr Harvey’s own website talks of the achievement last year of getting as high as 1 Labour district councillor in Buckingham last year, the revelation that he is one of two candidates on the Labour shortlist suggests that this nomination is being sought by both the Labour party members in the area! Welcome to the race, Jon! And yes, I know that I haven’t yet answered my own question either.
You may remember that when Michael Crick said the closing of the Labour nomination had brought no more notables, TopOfTheCops interpreted that to mean “No Jack Straw then.” Well, Ibrahim Master, Independent Member of Lancashire Police Authority and shortlisted candidate for the Lancashire Labour PCC nomination, has launched a website which claims Jack Straw’s endorsement. As Mr Master is a longstanding friend of Jack, it’s unlikely to be an idle boast.
The folk at CREST Advisory have been busy again, this week sending out a Twitpic wordcloud analysing social media traffic on the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, showing that some people and areas are subject to more mention than others. I’d humbly advise readers to check the top right of the graphic!