It would be churlish not to congratulate Ann Barnes on her victory in yesterday's Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election.
The test for her now is to deliver on her pledges. She will be the subject of far greater scrutiny now she is holding an elected position as distinct from the appointed position she held as chairman of the Police Authority. What she and the Chief Constable need to get to grips with is that it is not normal service being resumed.
A reminder of her manifesto:
I note that Steve Uncles came a poor fifth in the election and that his result was the poorest of the English Democrats standing in England for the PCC elections. His campaign against Barnes failed in spectacular fashion and one can but hope that he learns from this that a campaign of denigration is not the way to gain votes.
The Conservatives mounted a woeful campaign.