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Afternoon quickie: 'Commons Clash' over police elections

I read today how our PM and Leader of the Opposition clashed over elected police commissioners. The fact that politicians are out of touch is not something new, but reading this particular article is exacerbating.

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Its exacerbating because of their belief that they really understand the issues surrounding policing, and all sides are as bad as each other. Their arguments are so detached from reality that any attempt at educating them is futile.

Police policy isn't perfect, i think everyone would agree. The weaknesses in police policy are born out of political interference. Cameron and Milliband should be arguing over ways to improve independence from politics, not adding more layers of it.

The introduction of elected police commissioners sounds lovely. It sounds lovely because there is the presumption that democracy is perfect. I tend to think that democracy is the least worst system, not the best. We should be very cautious when making changes that are based on democratic theory as there are many situations when it becomes an unnecessary block to efficiency.

It is right that our system of government is based on democracy. It is wrong that the absence of democracy is evidence of weakness. Our chief police officers are the right people to be leading the fight against crime, and the police authorities and home office are the right people to be providing the checks and balances.