I note that Ann Barnes, until recently chair of the Kent Police Authority and now a declared candidate for the post of Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, has been sounding off about the unfairness and undemocratic nature of the elections for the Commissioner post. Her gripe is that the taxpayer will not fund the cost of delivering election addresses which she claims puts her at a disadvantage as an Independent candidate as the political parties will fund their candidates.
There is merit in her argument but it would have been even better had it not been for the following:
1. She opposed the proposals for PCCs on the grounds that it would cost the taxpayer more. Now she is seeking more money from the taxpayer.
2. She expressed her opposition to the proposals on the publicly funded Kent Police Authority website.
3. Her concern for democracy is touching, bearing in mind she wished to retain the current undemocratic selection processes for police authority membership.