Moving on to the Police Commissioner elections – Theresa May, our favourite “token” cabinet minister, is being crucified for the poor turnout and handling of these elections in the same week that Abu Qatada had his extradition to Jordan quashed – but again, something very encouraging happened: due to the incredibly poor turnout, a surprisingly large number of Independent candidates either won, or placed strongly. The English Radicals feel that the post of Police Commissioner should not be held by a member of a political party, but by someone with policing experience, or proven managerial/accounting skills – and ideally, all three! This view would seem to be shared by the (non) voting public, who stayed away in their thousands, and those who did vote, did so largely for non-party candidates.
The English Radicals would like to ask a question: under the Coalition government, we have been offered the chance to vote for elected Lord Mayors, and Police Commissioners – all stuff we haven't even asked for! When can we have a vote on the one thing we do want – an In/Out referendum on the EU? That should be UKIP's price for an electoral deal – and it needs to happen before 2015, not after, otherwise “Cast Iron Guarantee” Cameron will slither out of it. Can we have it on the same day that the Scots vote on the Independence issue in 2014, please? It would be nice if the English could be given a say on something important, for a change!