Role should be non-political
In accordance with the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Annual Governance Statement 2014/15, under section 3, the Governance framework, I believe that Steve Tierney highlights one of the fundamental failures of the process for the election of police commissioner – which is that it must inevitably be a political appointment.
Under paragraph 3.3 this framework creates a public sector relationship based upon the commissioner provider arrangement, but with unique elements such as the single elected Commissioner and operational independence of the police service.
It is, therefore, not appropriate to import corporate governance arrangements into this new environment and the framework builds upon existing good governance principles and experience.
In fact, however, political parties treat the commissioner job as being one that they will dominate the recruitment process, by holding political hustings in exactly the same way as they do for the selection of candidates to run for parliamentary elections on behalf of political parties.
This makes it rather difficult to accept that there is any kind of independence to the job – in the sense that political parties will mobilise their political teams to ensure that their ‘man’ gets the job.
And I suppose it could be construed as a credit to the Conservative party that they chose not to proceed with the application of Steve Tierney.
And a credit to Mr Tierney that he has taken his failure to go forward to the final round on the chin and that he ‘is looking forward to campaigning for them (whoever they may be) and working to get a Conservative PCC elected for Cambridgeshire next year’.
It is also ironic, and equally concerning, that we have been told rather a lot about the failed candidate (Mr Tierney) and nothing – not even a name – for any of the candidates that were successful in getting through to the next round.
It seems that we are not only in danger of being denied any chance of an independent Police Commissioner (without a political agenda), but the successful final stage runners are to be kept secret from us until the Conservative Party has made up its mind who to foist upon us.
Does this bode well for the future?
I don’t think so.
lord’s prayer ban
After existing for almost 2,000 years The Lord’s Prayer is being banned by cinema groups running up to Christmas, the emphatic meaning to its existence.
The ban is abominable. Even Muslims cannot make head or tail of it. Christmas acknowledges its author, Jesus Christ, as the only begotten son of God, and Muslims respectfully regard him as a great prophet. The prayer offends no-one.
A thousand years ago the Fens were known as the Holy Land to the English. There were more monasteries than in any other definitive area of the country. These institutions, mainly Benedictine, were anchored to The Lord’s Prayer paramount to all prayer. With its correct priorities the prayer has passed down to every Christian in the world and is cherished throughout Christendom.
The human spirit is on-going beyond death and is founded on the Creator of all things of good report emphasised in the Lord’s Prayer which, as always, is a great comfort to many – and more so in our extremely dangerous age.
Fill in survey
I appeal to readers with personal experience of prostate cancer to keep an eye out for the unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of men who develop the disease in the future. In the coming weeks, men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer between 18 and 42 months ago will receive a survey from their hospital, funded with money raised through Movember. Its aim is to build up a detailed picture of the impact of prostate cancer on all aspects of a man’s everyday life, by asking the only people who really know – men who’ve been there.
Their confidential answers will help make sure other men can be better advised and supported in the future, and to persuade health providers to invest in the services that men say make the most difference to them. I urge readers who receive this survey to please fill it in. The more men who respond, the more forceful the findings will be.
Dr Hilary Jones
Prostate Cancer UK and Movember Foundation