10 December 2007

Use of Robocop shows the Conservatives don't want Yes men

The appointment of Ray Mallon to the Centre for Social Justice's policy group on policing is a very positive move. Ray Mallon has shown he knows how to get the police to respond to community concerns over policing, so there is no doubt he can add value.

However, he has admitted he is opposed to the Conservatives' idea of elected police chiefs. I think the fact that Iain Duncan Smith has chosen someone who is willing to oppose aspects of Party thinking is very positive and shows that the senior figures are willing to listen and be challenged - something that sets us apart from the current Government.

That said, judging by the Guardian article, I don't think Ray Mallon has grasped quite what the Conservatives idea of elected police chiefs is about.

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