By Sam Swerling. The appointment of police and crime commissioners has always been a nonsense. It has never been at all clear what they might achieve.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Ann Barnes, recently appointed a callow young women by the name of Paris Brown, aged 17, with self-evidently no notable achievements and bereft of any experience of public affairs, to be her “youth commissioner”. Miss Brown wrote some balderdash on Twitter for which she later apologised. Mrs Barnes has now just declared: “I’m quite sure she is going to do a brilliant job at helping the police to connect with young people.”
Paris Brown was later sacked by Mrs Barnes.
But why should it be thought that the police need to “connect” with young people unless it be in the only way that matters – breaking up criminal gangs, keeping order and enforcing the law – in which case Miss Brown’s position is redundant. Social engineering has no place in the maintenance of public order.
The British Democratic Party stands for a minimum of bureacracy and getting rid of useless quangos.