Only once since I became eligible to vote did I fail to do so.
It was a deliberate (and rather feeble) act of defiance against the prospect of having an elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). I was appalled at the politicisation of the police force and furious at the extraordinary waste of money at a time of increased austerity.
And I wasn’t alone.
The turnout for the 2012 PCC elections was just 15%, amply demonstrating that the public is just not engaged with the process, is disinterested, or like me, appalled at the prospect of an elected representative of a political party being in charge of policing in Devon and Cornwall.
However, I have already cast my postal vote in the PCC elections in favour of Independent candidate, Bob Spencer.
And who better?
Take 5 minutes to read about Bob on his website (http://bob-spencer-4-pcc.co.uk/about-me/). He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and 30 years of experience of policing and will have no need to employ expensive consultants to steer him through the complexities of managing the D&C force.
I wish Bob well in the final days of electioneering. As he says on his website:
A strong leader who will not shy from unpopular decisions, I will advocate vociferously for the community to have the policing they want and need. Critically I have the skills and experience needed to challenge the Police to ensure they deliver for the communities of Devon, Cornwall, Torbay and Isles of Scilly. As an Independent I am free to act and free to speak on your behalf without political pressures.