Police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore ignores advice and appoints friend as £50,000 deputy

First published in News Ledbury Reporter: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

WEST Mercia’s new police and crime commissioner has gone ahead and appointed his friend, campaign manager and former colleague as a £50,000 deputy – with the salary coming from public funds.

Within weeks of his own appointment – on a tax-payer funded £75,000 a year – independent Bill Longmore has now set himself up against the councillors on West Mercia police and crime panel who will oversee his role.

At a tense meeting last week the panel called on Mr Longmore top appoint a deputy through a proper selection process.

Yesterday he confirmed that he was ignoring this advice to make Barrie Sheldon his deputy.

Legislation allows Mr Longmore to directly appoint a deputy.

“I am aware this is a controversial issue, I remain confident Barrie’s qualities will complement those I bring to the PCC office,” said Mr Longmore.

 

Ledbury Reporter: Bill Longmore is the new West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Bill Longmore, pictured, was elected last month

Mr Sheldon said he was “very proud” to be appointed deputy.

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9:46am Thu 13 Dec 12

Ubique5740 says...

That's not a good start, falling out big time with the PCC Panel that oversees him.
I would think that all vacancies within the Public Sector have to be advertised,and (in theory) the best applicant is appointed.
The PCC has borrowed the HCC motto ,"Here I can ".
That's not a good start, falling out big time with the PCC Panel that oversees him. I would think that all vacancies within the Public Sector have to be advertised,and (in theory) the best applicant is appointed. The PCC has borrowed the HCC motto ,"Here I can ". Ubique5740
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9:54am Thu 13 Dec 12

silentbull says...

So the Gravy Train continues

Surprise Surprise!!!

Hopefully this post doesn't disappear like the last one i put on about the fox hunting
So the Gravy Train continues Surprise Surprise!!! Hopefully this post doesn't disappear like the last one i put on about the fox hunting silentbull
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11:54am Thu 13 Dec 12

Bongarwiran Appledurain says...

Despicable but par for the course with political animals.

My post on the cat mistaken for a fox disappeared as well. My error on that occasion was to go against the popular view so I think we are both pretty safe on this topic silentbull.
Despicable but par for the course with political animals. My post on the cat mistaken for a fox disappeared as well. My error on that occasion was to go against the popular view so I think we are both pretty safe on this topic silentbull. Bongarwiran Appledurain
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1:08pm Thu 13 Dec 12

silentbull says...

Bongarwiran Appledurain wrote:
Despicable but par for the course with political animals.

My post on the cat mistaken for a fox disappeared as well. My error on that occasion was to go against the popular view so I think we are both pretty safe on this topic silentbull.
My view on fox hunting was not very 'improving' lets say ;-)
in fact i wouldn't be surprised if somebody complained about it.
Its was my view of it and Im convinced IM RIGHT!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bongarwiran Appledurain[/bold] wrote: Despicable but par for the course with political animals. My post on the cat mistaken for a fox disappeared as well. My error on that occasion was to go against the popular view so I think we are both pretty safe on this topic silentbull.[/p][/quote]My view on fox hunting was not very 'improving' lets say ;-) in fact i wouldn't be surprised if somebody complained about it. Its was my view of it and Im convinced IM RIGHT!!! silentbull
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1:10pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Herefordian07 says...

Whilst I think Mr Longmore has made an error of judgement with this cosy appointment, I realise that the two have worked closely together in a police role and probably will prove to be a formidable team, that said, I would like to ask the question "When were we the rate payers told during the election process that the PCC needed a deputy on another massive publicly funded salary!" What will be final cost for this position be I wonder.
Whilst I think Mr Longmore has made an error of judgement with this cosy appointment, I realise that the two have worked closely together in a police role and probably will prove to be a formidable team, that said, I would like to ask the question "When were we the rate payers told during the election process that the PCC needed a deputy on another massive publicly funded salary!" What will be final cost for this position be I wonder. Herefordian07
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1:33pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Vic Vomitello says...

"Mr Sheldon said he was very proud to be appointed deputy". Like Mr Longmore he should be deeply ashamed of this abuse of power. He should have declared his hand during the election process, which would have guaranteed he lost. This is truly despicable and on a par with the worst excesses of Herefordshire Council.
"Mr Sheldon said he was very proud to be appointed deputy". Like Mr Longmore he should be deeply ashamed of this abuse of power. He should have declared his hand during the election process, which would have guaranteed he lost. This is truly despicable and on a par with the worst excesses of Herefordshire Council. Vic Vomitello
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1:34pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Ubique5740 says...

I emailed the three people standing for election in October, asking what staff he would employ and costings , this was the reply I received from the PCC. You can draw your own conclusions as to how much thought was put into the post.

Dear *****, it would be difficult to answer this question at the moment as I am not in receipt of the information you have asked for. The current Police Authority team which is based at Shrewsbury will still be in place when the PCC is appointed and one of the first jobs for the newly elected PCC will be to review current staffing and set up an appropriate team for the PCCs office. Currently the team consists of a Chief Executive, a finance officer, 3 policy officers and a number of adminitrative staff. I have some ideas about the type of personnel I want in the office and I will certainly need people with expertise around partnerships, victims, communication and local policing.
There will be no Police Authority members expenses; however a Police and Crime Panel will exist whose members will be entitled to expenses.
I have no idea what the runnng costs will be but any expenditure will be carefully considered and of course disclosable to the public in due course.
I emailed the three people standing for election in October, asking what staff he would employ and costings , this was the reply I received from the PCC. You can draw your own conclusions as to how much thought was put into the post. Dear *****, it would be difficult to answer this question at the moment as I am not in receipt of the information you have asked for. The current Police Authority team which is based at Shrewsbury will still be in place when the PCC is appointed and one of the first jobs for the newly elected PCC will be to review current staffing and set up an appropriate team for the PCCs office. Currently the team consists of a Chief Executive, a finance officer, 3 policy officers and a number of adminitrative staff. I have some ideas about the type of personnel I want in the office and I will certainly need people with expertise around partnerships, victims, communication and local policing. There will be no Police Authority members expenses; however a Police and Crime Panel will exist whose members will be entitled to expenses. I have no idea what the runnng costs will be but any expenditure will be carefully considered and of course disclosable to the public in due course. Ubique5740
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1:40pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Ubique5740 says...

This was the reply from Cllr Blackshaw,eventual .

Please excuse my delay in responding formally to you as I am having to cope with 100 emails a day.

In answer to your questions the running costs should be less than 1% of the police budget. With regard to the use of the staff, the current staff that support the police authority will transfer to the Police and Crime Commissioner, which will included the chief executive, finance and communications team. In addition the Commissioner is entitled to recruit a deputy.

If you would like any further information then please call the office and we can arrange a convenient time to speak on the phone.

Once again please excuse my delay in getting back to you.

Yours sincerely

Adrian Blackshaw
Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate
This was the reply from Cllr Blackshaw,eventual . Please excuse my delay in responding formally to you as I am having to cope with 100 emails a day. In answer to your questions the running costs should be less than 1% of the police budget. With regard to the use of the staff, the current staff that support the police authority will transfer to the Police and Crime Commissioner, which will included the chief executive, finance and communications team. In addition the Commissioner is entitled to recruit a deputy. If you would like any further information then please call the office and we can arrange a convenient time to speak on the phone. Once again please excuse my delay in getting back to you. Yours sincerely Adrian Blackshaw Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Ubique5740
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2:13pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Bill Chapman says...

It is time for Mr Longmore to resign quietly. This is a real scandal.
It is time for Mr Longmore to resign quietly. This is a real scandal. Bill Chapman
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3:57pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Vic Vomitello says...

Reading between the lines it looks like Cllr Blackshaw would also have recruited a deputy, but who knows for sure whether he would have shoehorned one of its Tory mates or advertised the role and recruited on merit. But based on his past record the balance of probability is clear.
Reading between the lines it looks like Cllr Blackshaw would also have recruited a deputy, but who knows for sure whether he would have shoehorned one of its Tory mates or advertised the role and recruited on merit. But based on his past record the balance of probability is clear. Vic Vomitello
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4:37pm Thu 13 Dec 12

dodger3 says...

Surely there is enough expertise within West Mercia Police to support the new PCC. Cuts are affecting front line Policing, and somehow 50k appears!
Surely there is enough expertise within West Mercia Police to support the new PCC. Cuts are affecting front line Policing, and somehow 50k appears! dodger3
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7:17pm Thu 13 Dec 12

dippyhippy says...

Its very hard to have any faith in this set up,which would appear to only want to dance to its own tune.Nobody voted for this,nobody wanted it,it was foisted upon us.And now this - a fifty grand job given out,on the whim of one person. Remind me,do we actually still live in a democracy? I'm beginning to wonder....
Its very hard to have any faith in this set up,which would appear to only want to dance to its own tune.Nobody voted for this,nobody wanted it,it was foisted upon us.And now this - a fifty grand job given out,on the whim of one person. Remind me,do we actually still live in a democracy? I'm beginning to wonder.... dippyhippy
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8:59pm Thu 13 Dec 12

VWVWVW says...

It wouldn't be the funny handshake brigade, would it?
It wouldn't be the funny handshake brigade, would it? VWVWVW
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12:09am Fri 14 Dec 12

Biomech says...

I think it's quite clear that he doesn't care who he **** off and that he isn't in it for the long haul. He was retired and has just been offered an easy 75k, throwing another 50k over to his mate. Hes quite obviously just doing it for a laugh.
I think it's quite clear that he doesn't care who he **** off and that he isn't in it for the long haul. He was retired and has just been offered an easy 75k, throwing another 50k over to his mate. Hes quite obviously just doing it for a laugh. Biomech
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12:13pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Vic Vomitello says...

Or to trouser a significant amount of dosh to supplement their pension fund. It is extraordinary in this day and age that they can get away with this material wrongdoing in the eyes of the public.
Or to trouser a significant amount of dosh to supplement their pension fund. It is extraordinary in this day and age that they can get away with this material wrongdoing in the eyes of the public. Vic Vomitello
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12:33pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Biomech says...

Will he still be claiming his police pension while hes now back at work? I'm thinking yes.
Will he still be claiming his police pension while hes now back at work? I'm thinking yes. Biomech
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8:14pm Fri 14 Dec 12

ChrisK62 says...

This is exactly why PCCs should not have been employed; it provides another piece of political Cronyism.
I thought that there was something in Equal Opportunities Employment law which stated that a vacancy had to at least be advertised. But apparently this is covered by the statute; well our government have obviously covered that when drafting the bill so no one can complain, much!

Bill Longmore does not seem to be making a very good start in his new post...all I would say is we are now at the mercy of this man and Policing in West Mercia will never be the same again and much the poorer for it!
As retired Police officers both Barrie Sheldon and Bill Longmore will be collecting substantial Police pensions, topped up with their PCC salaries, both from the local Police Authority Police pension funds. I am comforted to know that we shall be spending our money wisely.

In David Shaw we have one of the very best Chief Constables ACPO possesses, who was more than capable of making the right decisions with the existing Police Authority, without this waste of tax payers money. I just hope CC Shaw has the patience to sustain Longmore's/Sheldon's depredations and remain at West Mercia's helm.

As an retired Police Officer this whole issue makes me very sad and somewhat ashamed.
This is exactly why PCCs should not have been employed; it provides another piece of political Cronyism. I thought that there was something in Equal Opportunities Employment law which stated that a vacancy had to at least be advertised. But apparently this is covered by the statute; well our government have obviously covered that when drafting the bill so no one can complain, much! Bill Longmore does not seem to be making a very good start in his new post...all I would say is we are now at the mercy of this man and Policing in West Mercia will never be the same again and much the poorer for it! As retired Police officers both Barrie Sheldon and Bill Longmore will be collecting substantial Police pensions, topped up with their PCC salaries, both from the local Police Authority Police pension funds. I am comforted to know that we shall be spending our money wisely. In David Shaw we have one of the very best Chief Constables ACPO possesses, who was more than capable of making the right decisions with the existing Police Authority, without this waste of tax payers money. I just hope CC Shaw has the patience to sustain Longmore's/Sheldon's depredations and remain at West Mercia's helm. As an retired Police Officer this whole issue makes me very sad and somewhat ashamed. ChrisK62
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8:42pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

ChrisK, Dont be sad or ashamed my good friend. Get angry and hurl some pointless abuse at those who've brought about this rancid, rabid bag of stinking rats that we, the taxpayer are now required to feed and tend for the next few years.
Aint it a kick in the guts! Tell me Chris, what do the troops think or are they so young and inexperienced they dont fully comprehend the enormity of the situation they are in?
ChrisK, Dont be sad or ashamed my good friend. Get angry and hurl some pointless abuse at those who've brought about this rancid, rabid bag of stinking rats that we, the taxpayer are now required to feed and tend for the next few years. Aint it a kick in the guts! Tell me Chris, what do the troops think or are they so young and inexperienced they dont fully comprehend the enormity of the situation they are in? bobby47
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9:07pm Fri 14 Dec 12

ChrisK62 says...

Bobby 47 - I do so agree and will get angry and complain, but it is probably spitting in the wind!

I'm sure that the officers on the ground are just struggling to keep up with delivering a service since losing so many resources in the cutbacks. I know that most of these that I speak to are massively demoralised by the lack of support that Government, not their own bosses are giving them. Have a look at the latest nonsense coming from the Tory think tank document Policy Exchange Policing 2020 and you will see what I mean.

Just as an aside does anyone know if Bill Longmore fulfilled his electoral charity cash pledge of £20,000, now he's in place? I will be very surprised if he has or does.
Bobby 47 - I do so agree and will get angry and complain, but it is probably spitting in the wind! I'm sure that the officers on the ground are just struggling to keep up with delivering a service since losing so many resources in the cutbacks. I know that most of these that I speak to are massively demoralised by the lack of support that Government, not their own bosses are giving them. Have a look at the latest nonsense coming from the Tory think tank document Policy Exchange Policing 2020 and you will see what I mean. Just as an aside does anyone know if Bill Longmore fulfilled his electoral charity cash pledge of £20,000, now he's in place? I will be very surprised if he has or does. ChrisK62
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9:50pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

I've no idea pal. Welcome to our group of ranters and ravers.
My warmest regards to you.
I've no idea pal. Welcome to our group of ranters and ravers. My warmest regards to you. bobby47
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10:23pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Ubique5740 says...

Just checked the PCC website, unable to see anything about his Charitable donation.
Just checked the PCC website, unable to see anything about his Charitable donation. Ubique5740
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2:03am Sat 15 Dec 12

Biomech says...

If they are back in work, they shouldn't be getting an industry pension. Simple as.

I still don't understand it all, and don't claim to. I thought the PCC post was to take the place of the Police Authority. Now it just seems like we have them AS WELL and then they are dishing out even more jobs.
If they are back in work, they shouldn't be getting an industry pension. Simple as. I still don't understand it all, and don't claim to. I thought the PCC post was to take the place of the Police Authority. Now it just seems like we have them AS WELL and then they are dishing out even more jobs. Biomech
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8:50am Sat 15 Dec 12

WYSIATI says...

Bobby47 - as king can you help me? Wasn't there a string of comments on this story that have disappeared? I seem to remember rambling on about the 17 member panel that looked a lot like the old police authority but now appear to sit in judgement over the newly "elected" PCC and his "team"?

Am I losing it? (perhaps best not to answer that)
Bobby47 - as king can you help me? Wasn't there a string of comments on this story that have disappeared? I seem to remember rambling on about the 17 member panel that looked a lot like the old police authority but now appear to sit in judgement over the newly "elected" PCC and his "team"? Am I losing it? (perhaps best not to answer that) WYSIATI
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10:24am Sat 15 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

Wysiati, Good friend, they've taken numbers, vowels and consonants before now but never an entire Posting.
It's still there mate. It's on another related story with a different title.
Wysiati, Good friend, they've taken numbers, vowels and consonants before now but never an entire Posting. It's still there mate. It's on another related story with a different title. bobby47
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12:35pm Sat 15 Dec 12

dadgey says...

I wish I had friends like him. My job only pays £200 a week. I am sure I could help him in some way. Even if it's just making the tea or something.
I wish I had friends like him. My job only pays £200 a week. I am sure I could help him in some way. Even if it's just making the tea or something. dadgey
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12:31pm Sun 16 Dec 12

rogero says...

My Giddy Aunts, I voted for this berk because he was Independent unlike the other 2 main political party candidates, and he is just as corrupt as they have proved to be with their expenses. When I finished 45 years of full time teaching recently, I was earning half his "salary". Shan't be voting for Dave Snooty at the next election either. Please deliver us from these greedy people. Ohhhhhhh
My Giddy Aunts, I voted for this berk because he was Independent unlike the other 2 main political party candidates, and he is just as corrupt as they have proved to be with their expenses. When I finished 45 years of full time teaching recently, I was earning half his "salary". Shan't be voting for Dave Snooty at the next election either. Please deliver us from these greedy people. Ohhhhhhh rogero
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3:19pm Sun 16 Dec 12

littlewhitebull says...

I read Wyesider's previous posting about PCC on a different thread, and followed his advice to look at the 'Nolan Principles' that are supposed to guide the new PCCs.
The following is taken from the Home Office website:
"The Nolan Principles
The 'Seven Principles of Public Life' should apply to all in the public service. These are:
Selflessness
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
Integrity
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Objectivity
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Accountability
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Openness
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Honesty
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Leadership
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example."
With so many PCCs appointing deputies, admin' staff, etc, etc. I have come to the conclusion that we now live in a DD - a Deficient Democracy.
I read Wyesider's previous posting about PCC on a different thread, and followed his advice to look at the 'Nolan Principles' that are supposed to guide the new PCCs. The following is taken from the Home Office website: "The Nolan Principles The 'Seven Principles of Public Life' should apply to all in the public service. These are: Selflessness Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends. Integrity Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties. Objectivity In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit. Accountability Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office. Openness Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands. Honesty Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest. Leadership Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example." With so many PCCs appointing deputies, admin' staff, etc, etc. I have come to the conclusion that we now live in a DD - a Deficient Democracy. littlewhitebull
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3:19pm Sun 16 Dec 12

littlewhitebull says...

I read Wyesider's previous posting about PCC on a different thread, and followed his advice to look at the 'Nolan Principles' that are supposed to guide the new PCCs.
The following is taken from the Home Office website:
"The Nolan Principles
The 'Seven Principles of Public Life' should apply to all in the public service. These are:
Selflessness
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
Integrity
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Objectivity
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Accountability
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Openness
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Honesty
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Leadership
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example."
With so many PCCs appointing deputies, admin' staff, etc, etc. I have come to the conclusion that we now live in a DD - a Deficient Democracy.
I read Wyesider's previous posting about PCC on a different thread, and followed his advice to look at the 'Nolan Principles' that are supposed to guide the new PCCs. The following is taken from the Home Office website: "The Nolan Principles The 'Seven Principles of Public Life' should apply to all in the public service. These are: Selflessness Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends. Integrity Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties. Objectivity In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit. Accountability Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office. Openness Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands. Honesty Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest. Leadership Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example." With so many PCCs appointing deputies, admin' staff, etc, etc. I have come to the conclusion that we now live in a DD - a Deficient Democracy. littlewhitebull
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4:38pm Sun 16 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

Littlewhitebull, Yep. you are right. Deficient Democracy just about sums the whole thing up.
I ain't a Gordon Brown follower but he's the only former public servant that I can think of who upholds these values. He gives all his earnings to charity and does not draw his PM pension.
Littlewhitebull, Yep. you are right. Deficient Democracy just about sums the whole thing up. I ain't a Gordon Brown follower but he's the only former public servant that I can think of who upholds these values. He gives all his earnings to charity and does not draw his PM pension. bobby47
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