Thursday, 21 March 2013

'Crime fighter' to get new sidekick?

Mark Burns Williamson West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner stands accused of committing the crime of cronyism. That , with malice aforthought , he proposed the diversion of police funds to one of his Labour Party mates and away from front  line policing.

Can Mr Burns Williamson claim in mitigation that he made everyone aware of his intentions well in advance? I submit Exhibit A, a Labour Party Election leaflet  recovered from a gutter in Newsome and forensically reconstructed. It states here in his 5 pledges that he will:

  • Stand against the Tories 20% cuts to policing
  • Keep police on the beat with neighbourhood policing
  • Guarantee response to anti social behaviour within 24 hours
  • work in partnership with local people and local organisations to tackle and prevent crime
  • Protect the police from political interference. our candidate has signed a pledge to respect the independence of the police
So what's missing? 'I pledge to employ one of my Labour Party colleagues up to £56k to be Robin to my Batman in our fight against West Yorkshire crime'. No that was definitely not on this election statement. Guilty as charged.

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