Bill Longmore gives WN the silent treatment

Worcester News: KEEPING SCHTUM: Bill Longmore KEEPING SCHTUM: Bill Longmore

BILL Longmore is being urged to start being more open with the media after refusing to take calls from the Worcester News since he was elected.

Before West Mercia’s new police and crime commissioner was elected, he was available on his mobile phone seven-days-a-week.

After winning the election the Worcester News was told a new ‘protocol’ is in place whereby the media must go through one of two taxpayer-funded press departments to contact him.

One is West Mercia Police, which has a press officer working on all PCC enquiries. The other is Shropshire Council’s media team.

Last week a series of calls to Mr Longmore’s phone went unanswered, until Tuesday.

When it was made clear the Worcester News was looking to speak to him, the person who answered responded by saying he was busy.

Yesterday morning, when the Worcester News again asked to talk to him, we were told “he won’t be doing that” as he had a busy day of meetings.

The Worcester News has had to rely on press releases sent out by his media team – but requests for an interview via that route have been unsuccessful.

We were able to surprise Mr Longmore by going to see him face-to-face when he made a trip to the University of Worcester on Monday, where he backed an anti-domestic violence campaign.

As soon as we asked a question over his deputy the interview was stopped, and we were told Mr Longmore would not be drawn on the topic.

In contrast to his refusal to talk to the Worcester News, Mr Longmore gave an interview on radio yesterday, where he blamed a “small minority” of people deliberately attacking him for political reasons.

Mid-Worcestershire Peter Luff said: “I think his attitude to the media is very worrying. He should be open to scrutiny.”

Councillor Adrian Hardman, the leader of Worcestershire County Council, said: “Saying nothing will not do – he ought to talk.”

UPDATE 2.25pm:

Worcester News: Barrie Sheldon Twitter 14.12.12

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11:19am Fri 14 Dec 12

Dickie of Dodderhill says...

What a surprise !!, I think it is time for the Home Office to instruct the Police Minister, Damian Green, to get involved.

The Government should not hide behide the County Council, they are not in a position to sort this out.

The Government started this sorry mess off, they should clear it up.

Mr Longmore complains that a small majority are complaining for political reasons, take a look at the WN comments Mr Longmore, a lot of us voted you in !!
What a surprise !!, I think it is time for the Home Office to instruct the Police Minister, Damian Green, to get involved. The Government should not hide behide the County Council, they are not in a position to sort this out. The Government started this sorry mess off, they should clear it up. Mr Longmore complains that a small majority are complaining for political reasons, take a look at the WN comments Mr Longmore, a lot of us voted you in !! Dickie of Dodderhill
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11:39am Fri 14 Dec 12

skychip says...

What a terrible mess this is turning out to be. I agree that some higher authority needs to get involved and sort it out.
What a terrible mess this is turning out to be. I agree that some higher authority needs to get involved and sort it out. skychip
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11:56am Fri 14 Dec 12

Respectable says...

The Poll on this website suggested 97% viewed the appointment as Crony-ism...

What sort of deluded arrogant fool would summarise that figure as a few people stirring up political trouble..

Can you image the Fench, Spanish, Greeks, Irish , Italians etc etc accepting this type of dictatorship from the winner of a flawed election..?? Only in The UK would you get away with this...
The Poll on this website suggested 97% viewed the appointment as Crony-ism... What sort of deluded arrogant fool would summarise that figure as a few people stirring up political trouble.. Can you image the Fench, Spanish, Greeks, Irish , Italians etc etc accepting this type of dictatorship from the winner of a flawed election..?? Only in The UK would you get away with this... Respectable
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12:33pm Fri 14 Dec 12

induby says...

F.A.O. "Worcester News editor", would you be willing to put a petition against Mr Longmore continuing his position as PCC, im sure you are aware of the overwhelming feeling of your readers and as Mr Longmore seems to be under the illusion that these feelings are from the political minded few,then maybe you might oblige your readers with the opportunity/platform to show him otherwise.
F.A.O. "Worcester News editor", would you be willing to put a petition against Mr Longmore continuing his position as PCC, im sure you are aware of the overwhelming feeling of your readers and as Mr Longmore seems to be under the illusion that these feelings are from the political minded few,then maybe you might oblige your readers with the opportunity/platform to show him otherwise. induby
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12:58pm Fri 14 Dec 12

New Kid on the Block says...

induby wrote:
F.A.O. "Worcester News editor", would you be willing to put a petition against Mr Longmore continuing his position as PCC, im sure you are aware of the overwhelming feeling of your readers and as Mr Longmore seems to be under the illusion that these feelings are from the political minded few,then maybe you might oblige your readers with the opportunity/platform to show him otherwise.
Perhaps instead of relying on a member of the editorial staff reading these comments it would be more effective if we emailed direct to the Editor.
The email address is on the contacts page.
At the same time you could also pick a national paper and contact them, as well as sending an email via the West Mercia Police or any other route you can find.
The more pressure that can be brought to bear on this man to explain his actions the better. He claimed he was going to listen, he doesn't appear to want to but if we shout loud enough we may be able to make sure he hears us.
[quote][p][bold]induby[/bold] wrote: F.A.O. "Worcester News editor", would you be willing to put a petition against Mr Longmore continuing his position as PCC, im sure you are aware of the overwhelming feeling of your readers and as Mr Longmore seems to be under the illusion that these feelings are from the political minded few,then maybe you might oblige your readers with the opportunity/platform to show him otherwise.[/p][/quote]Perhaps instead of relying on a member of the editorial staff reading these comments it would be more effective if we emailed direct to the Editor. The email address is on the contacts page. At the same time you could also pick a national paper and contact them, as well as sending an email via the West Mercia Police or any other route you can find. The more pressure that can be brought to bear on this man to explain his actions the better. He claimed he was going to listen, he doesn't appear to want to but if we shout loud enough we may be able to make sure he hears us. New Kid on the Block
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1:06pm Fri 14 Dec 12

mayall8808 says...

I am beginning to think this man is not fit for the job? his behaviour has been ridiculous from the word go so i think our MP or MP's should get off there behinds and start asking whats going on here?
I am beginning to think this man is not fit for the job? his behaviour has been ridiculous from the word go so i think our MP or MP's should get off there behinds and start asking whats going on here? mayall8808
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1:39pm Fri 14 Dec 12

truth must out says...

This is a prime example of someone who has been trained how to get the job rather than being able to do the job.........!!!!
This is a prime example of someone who has been trained how to get the job rather than being able to do the job.........!!!! truth must out
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1:41pm Fri 14 Dec 12

induby says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
induby wrote:
F.A.O. "Worcester News editor", would you be willing to put a petition against Mr Longmore continuing his position as PCC, im sure you are aware of the overwhelming feeling of your readers and as Mr Longmore seems to be under the illusion that these feelings are from the political minded few,then maybe you might oblige your readers with the opportunity/platform to show him otherwise.
Perhaps instead of relying on a member of the editorial staff reading these comments it would be more effective if we emailed direct to the Editor.
The email address is on the contacts page.
At the same time you could also pick a national paper and contact them, as well as sending an email via the West Mercia Police or any other route you can find.
The more pressure that can be brought to bear on this man to explain his actions the better. He claimed he was going to listen, he doesn't appear to want to but if we shout loud enough we may be able to make sure he hears us.
I have emailed Mr Kelso and encourage others to do so also, It appears to me that Mr Longmore is the kind of person who needs the truth rammed down his throat before he takes any notice of it
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]induby[/bold] wrote: F.A.O. "Worcester News editor", would you be willing to put a petition against Mr Longmore continuing his position as PCC, im sure you are aware of the overwhelming feeling of your readers and as Mr Longmore seems to be under the illusion that these feelings are from the political minded few,then maybe you might oblige your readers with the opportunity/platform to show him otherwise.[/p][/quote]Perhaps instead of relying on a member of the editorial staff reading these comments it would be more effective if we emailed direct to the Editor. The email address is on the contacts page. At the same time you could also pick a national paper and contact them, as well as sending an email via the West Mercia Police or any other route you can find. The more pressure that can be brought to bear on this man to explain his actions the better. He claimed he was going to listen, he doesn't appear to want to but if we shout loud enough we may be able to make sure he hears us.[/p][/quote]I have emailed Mr Kelso and encourage others to do so also, It appears to me that Mr Longmore is the kind of person who needs the truth rammed down his throat before he takes any notice of it induby
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1:57pm Fri 14 Dec 12

New Kid on the Block says...

induby wrote:
New Kid on the Block wrote:
induby wrote:
F.A.O. "Worcester News editor", would you be willing to put a petition against Mr Longmore continuing his position as PCC, im sure you are aware of the overwhelming feeling of your readers and as Mr Longmore seems to be under the illusion that these feelings are from the political minded few,then maybe you might oblige your readers with the opportunity/platform to show him otherwise.
Perhaps instead of relying on a member of the editorial staff reading these comments it would be more effective if we emailed direct to the Editor.
The email address is on the contacts page.
At the same time you could also pick a national paper and contact them, as well as sending an email via the West Mercia Police or any other route you can find.
The more pressure that can be brought to bear on this man to explain his actions the better. He claimed he was going to listen, he doesn't appear to want to but if we shout loud enough we may be able to make sure he hears us.
I have emailed Mr Kelso and encourage others to do so also, It appears to me that Mr Longmore is the kind of person who needs the truth rammed down his throat before he takes any notice of it
Perhaps some of the "social media" users could also join in and increase the pressure on this man to explain his actions.
I don't have a twitter or facebook account but those of you who do please help.
[quote][p][bold]induby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]induby[/bold] wrote: F.A.O. "Worcester News editor", would you be willing to put a petition against Mr Longmore continuing his position as PCC, im sure you are aware of the overwhelming feeling of your readers and as Mr Longmore seems to be under the illusion that these feelings are from the political minded few,then maybe you might oblige your readers with the opportunity/platform to show him otherwise.[/p][/quote]Perhaps instead of relying on a member of the editorial staff reading these comments it would be more effective if we emailed direct to the Editor. The email address is on the contacts page. At the same time you could also pick a national paper and contact them, as well as sending an email via the West Mercia Police or any other route you can find. The more pressure that can be brought to bear on this man to explain his actions the better. He claimed he was going to listen, he doesn't appear to want to but if we shout loud enough we may be able to make sure he hears us.[/p][/quote]I have emailed Mr Kelso and encourage others to do so also, It appears to me that Mr Longmore is the kind of person who needs the truth rammed down his throat before he takes any notice of it[/p][/quote]Perhaps some of the "social media" users could also join in and increase the pressure on this man to explain his actions. I don't have a twitter or facebook account but those of you who do please help. New Kid on the Block
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3:33pm Fri 14 Dec 12

SkipMaster says...

Why bother with writing to the Worcester News, just email David Cameron making sure you CC your local MP.

https://email.number
10.gov.uk/

It says clearly "...due to the volume of e-mails received, we will not be able to guarantee a personal response. However, all e-mail messages received will be read by staff in the Prime Minister's Office".
Why bother with writing to the Worcester News, just email David Cameron making sure you CC your local MP. https://email.number 10.gov.uk/ It says clearly "...due to the volume of e-mails received, we will not be able to guarantee a personal response. However, all e-mail messages received will be read by staff in the Prime Minister's Office". SkipMaster
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3:52pm Fri 14 Dec 12

saucerer says...

Mr Longmore has clearly highlighted himself to be ignorant, arrogant and a person of few morale values, while it is clear that he has no respect for the public while he feels he is a god and therefore has the power and right to ignore us all. His respect for the public is nil, while he even chooses to ignore councillors and MP. This man has no decency and he will continue to ignore us all.

I fear that we will be wasting our time with this man and will have little opportunity to hold him to account or eject him until the next PCC election.

And as for him being too busy to talk to anyone, that's probably because he's identifying which other of his old pals he can else appoint. If this is the way all PCCs are acting, then the Chief Constable for Gloucestershire Police had the foresight and done the right thing in resigning.
Mr Longmore has clearly highlighted himself to be ignorant, arrogant and a person of few morale values, while it is clear that he has no respect for the public while he feels he is a god and therefore has the power and right to ignore us all. His respect for the public is nil, while he even chooses to ignore councillors and MP. This man has no decency and he will continue to ignore us all. I fear that we will be wasting our time with this man and will have little opportunity to hold him to account or eject him until the next PCC election. And as for him being too busy to talk to anyone, that's probably because he's identifying which other of his old pals he can else appoint. If this is the way all PCCs are acting, then the Chief Constable for Gloucestershire Police had the foresight and done the right thing in resigning. saucerer
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4:45pm Fri 14 Dec 12

RichE76 says...

Yep, we screwed up voting him in!
Yep, we screwed up voting him in! RichE76
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4:46pm Fri 14 Dec 12

blueworcs says...

He must be a very busy man not to be able to answer his phone. Maybe he needs an assistant, Oh wait.........
He must be a very busy man not to be able to answer his phone. Maybe he needs an assistant, Oh wait......... blueworcs
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4:47pm Fri 14 Dec 12

mayall8808 says...

We should all now be bombarding our MPs, and this man and his deputies office with emails of complaints, plus No 10, they will take note if they get a massive amount.
Do not send one send multipules.
We should all now be bombarding our MPs, and this man and his deputies office with emails of complaints, plus No 10, they will take note if they get a massive amount. Do not send one send multipules. mayall8808
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5:12pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Hillbilly1 says...

Longmore is turning out to be a disaster! He seems to be totally self-serving, and took this position for nothing more than self-interest. now it appears that the position is far too big for him, its the Peter Principle in operation, he has risen to a position of incompetence!
Even when he does open his mouth he is talking garbage! A small minority of people deliberately attacking him for political reasons? Where? I just see a large majority of people attacking him for reasons of incompetence and cronyism! Politics hasnt even been mentioned!
The man seems so far out of his depths, he doesnt even know how to drown!
Longmore is turning out to be a disaster! He seems to be totally self-serving, and took this position for nothing more than self-interest. now it appears that the position is far too big for him, its the Peter Principle in operation, he has risen to a position of incompetence! Even when he does open his mouth he is talking garbage! A small minority of people deliberately attacking him for political reasons? Where? I just see a large majority of people attacking him for reasons of incompetence and cronyism! Politics hasnt even been mentioned! The man seems so far out of his depths, he doesnt even know how to drown! Hillbilly1
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5:15pm Fri 14 Dec 12

johncarnie says...

You can e-mail Bill Longmore via the WMPCC website
westmercia-pcc.gov.u
k
but I've tried and he's not talking to me either!
Or e-mail the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel (thats the panel he ignored) sclark@worcestershir
e.gov.uk

As to Barrie Sheldons tweet! wot a twerp! Given what is going on how can we trust you to focus on drugs.....etc.!!!!!
You can e-mail Bill Longmore via the WMPCC website westmercia-pcc.gov.u k but I've tried and he's not talking to me either! Or e-mail the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel (thats the panel he ignored) sclark@worcestershir e.gov.uk As to Barrie Sheldons tweet! wot a twerp! Given what is going on how can we trust you to focus on drugs.....etc.!!!!! johncarnie
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5:20pm Fri 14 Dec 12

outside-edge says...

The credibility of the system to elect a PCC has always been fragile at best and not aided by the low turn out and apathy of the Electorate.
It needed a winner who would put faith back into this procedure and show that it could work, something it desperately needs at this early stage
Sadly, Mr Longmore's actions, from what I have read on this website, don't apppear to be doing this with the Public at large.

Four years salary at £75 000 =
£300 000 for the full term and
£200 000 for the deputy, a grand total of Half a million pounds.

As a tax payer and 'constituent' who is represented by Mr Longmore, I'd really like to hear from him as to what he is about and how he justifys his actions so far. Is he being arrogant by not talking to journalists, or has he something to hide or just plain scared?
The credibility of the system to elect a PCC has always been fragile at best and not aided by the low turn out and apathy of the Electorate. It needed a winner who would put faith back into this procedure and show that it could work, something it desperately needs at this early stage Sadly, Mr Longmore's actions, from what I have read on this website, don't apppear to be doing this with the Public at large. Four years salary at £75 000 = £300 000 for the full term and £200 000 for the deputy, a grand total of Half a million pounds. As a tax payer and 'constituent' who is represented by Mr Longmore, I'd really like to hear from him as to what he is about and how he justifys his actions so far. Is he being arrogant by not talking to journalists, or has he something to hide or just plain scared? outside-edge
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5:42pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Niko80 says...

Sheldon's tweet....must have too much time on his hands if he can spend it tweeting oh and isn't that going to be one of his roles? 'Concentrating on the real issues'? what is he doing tweeting rubbish like that....
Sheldon's tweet....must have too much time on his hands if he can spend it tweeting oh and isn't that going to be one of his roles? 'Concentrating on the real issues'? what is he doing tweeting rubbish like that.... Niko80
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5:54pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Hack says...

Free speech at work. Love it. Today's WN is spot on and it needs to keep up the momentum. Try a bit of doorstepping with a snapper.
The very sad thing is that Longmore now has no credibility. No police respect. No public respect. A matter of time I feel before he is obliged to stand down.
Free speech at work. Love it. Today's WN is spot on and it needs to keep up the momentum. Try a bit of doorstepping with a snapper. The very sad thing is that Longmore now has no credibility. No police respect. No public respect. A matter of time I feel before he is obliged to stand down. Hack
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6:24pm Fri 14 Dec 12

rackedoff says...

Well what a surprise - the independent who stood to keep politics out of policing is using a political organisations media team - shropshire council- to manage his media contact - disgraceful, and shame on Shropshire Council for supporting him. I thought that would be the deputy's job!
Well what a surprise - the independent who stood to keep politics out of policing is using a political organisations media team - shropshire council- to manage his media contact - disgraceful, and shame on Shropshire Council for supporting him. I thought that would be the deputy's job! rackedoff
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6:55pm Fri 14 Dec 12

jb says...

@barrie1565: 3-hours to polls closing - used your vote? If not get out there and vote Independent: Bill Longmore - West Mercia.

Obviously just three hours away from his new job!
@barrie1565: 3-hours to polls closing - used your vote? If not get out there and vote Independent: Bill Longmore - West Mercia. Obviously just three hours away from his new job! jb
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7:14pm Fri 14 Dec 12

The Doosra says...

Mr Longmore's arrogance is breathtaking.
Mr Longmore's arrogance is breathtaking. The Doosra
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7:23pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Hillbilly1 says...

No Mr Sheldon, you muppet! Those are YOUR responsibilities, those are the issues YOU have got to focus on! Didnt Uncle Bill tell you that you have to work for your 50 grand?
No Mr Sheldon, you muppet! Those are YOUR responsibilities, those are the issues YOU have got to focus on! Didnt Uncle Bill tell you that you have to work for your 50 grand? Hillbilly1
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7:26pm Fri 14 Dec 12

catsndogs says...

What we need is a public demonstration to show the ground swell of no confidence in Bill Longmore
What we need is a public demonstration to show the ground swell of no confidence in Bill Longmore catsndogs
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7:26pm Fri 14 Dec 12

reflector says...

What a ghastly mess.

Still no word from any of the Tory and Lib Dem MP's who foisted this unwanted and deeply flawed idea on us. In fairness, I don't suppose they ever envisaged that anyone so arrogant and ignorant would ever get elected but it is they who are really responsible for the present situation.
What a ghastly mess. Still no word from any of the Tory and Lib Dem MP's who foisted this unwanted and deeply flawed idea on us. In fairness, I don't suppose they ever envisaged that anyone so arrogant and ignorant would ever get elected but it is they who are really responsible for the present situation. reflector
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7:41pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Hack says...

catsndogs wrote:
What we need is a public demonstration to show the ground swell of no confidence in Bill Longmore
Now there's a thought. What about getting police permission to march through Worcester in opposition to the new 'Commissioner'. Any takers? That would get the nationals taking notice.
[quote][p][bold]catsndogs[/bold] wrote: What we need is a public demonstration to show the ground swell of no confidence in Bill Longmore[/p][/quote]Now there's a thought. What about getting police permission to march through Worcester in opposition to the new 'Commissioner'. Any takers? That would get the nationals taking notice. Hack
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7:52pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Keith B says...

We've now had three major story leads about this clown Longmore followed by three long threads of comments, nearly all of which have been negative.

It is time to start the ball rolling to remove him from office - if only because he lied in his manifesto about how he was going to conduct himself in office (oops, does that disqualify Clegg too).

In his election address Mr Sheldon said on his behalf

"Bills aims are to listen to the people and provide a strong voice to champion their needs."

Well Bill, our needs are to know what you are doing for your £300 a day and what your mate is doing for his £200 a day. Wasn't there also something about keeping in touch with the people.

Oh and by the way Bill - don't insult me by calling me political. I simply don't think you're good enough to do the job.
We've now had three major story leads about this clown Longmore followed by three long threads of comments, nearly all of which have been negative. It is time to start the ball rolling to remove him from office - if only because he lied in his manifesto about how he was going to conduct himself in office (oops, does that disqualify Clegg too). In his election address Mr Sheldon said on his behalf "Bills aims are to listen to the people and provide a strong voice to champion their needs." Well Bill, our needs are to know what you are doing for your £300 a day and what your mate is doing for his £200 a day. Wasn't there also something about keeping in touch with the people. Oh and by the way Bill - don't insult me by calling me political. I simply don't think you're good enough to do the job. Keith B
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9:47pm Fri 14 Dec 12

mauro balbino says...

"(...) he blamed a 'small minority' of people deliberately attacking him for political reasons."

97% = small minority ???

How could it be for politics if I voted you for being independent?

Naive I was on both options, I confess...

And we are suppose to talk to press and answer even undesirable questions, aren't we?!

I thought I voted a person with previous experience, but I voted an arrogant instead.
"(...) he blamed a 'small minority' of people deliberately attacking him for political reasons." 97% = small minority ??? How could it be for politics if I voted you for being independent? Naive I was on both options, I confess... And we are suppose to talk to press and answer even undesirable questions, aren't we?! I thought I voted a person with previous experience, but I voted an arrogant instead. mauro balbino
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10:10pm Fri 14 Dec 12

truth must out says...

He's got the attitude that if he ignores it long enough it will go away.......well Longmore WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY WE WANT YOU OUT.
You are a disgrace, seems to me you just want the money and not do anything to earn it........!!!
He's got the attitude that if he ignores it long enough it will go away.......well Longmore WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY WE WANT YOU OUT. You are a disgrace, seems to me you just want the money and not do anything to earn it........!!! truth must out
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10:41pm Fri 14 Dec 12

pronstar says...

I haven't read all the comments in this latest WN story milking the PCC debate bandwagon but I think that its time to let Mr Longmore & his deputy get on with the job and let us judge them by their results, don't you think?
I haven't read all the comments in this latest WN story milking the PCC debate bandwagon but I think that its time to let Mr Longmore & his deputy get on with the job and let us judge them by their results, don't you think? pronstar
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12:32am Sat 15 Dec 12

grumpy woman says...

Who do these two think they are? Get rid.
Who do these two think they are? Get rid. grumpy woman
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8:37am Sat 15 Dec 12

Bill Chapman says...

Don't forget the petition at:

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/41806
Don't forget the petition at: http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/41806 Bill Chapman
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8:38am Sat 15 Dec 12

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

pronstar wrote:
I haven't read all the comments in this latest WN story milking the PCC debate bandwagon but I think that its time to let Mr Longmore & his deputy get on with the job and let us judge them by their results, don't you think?
I would agree with you on your final point, however our publicly elected officials whether they be PCC's, MP's, Councillors etc need to be seen to be honest and act with integrity (given the MP's expenses saga and other corruption issues in public office) Bill Longmore appears at the moment to be both dishonest and without integrity. It is perfectly fair for us to judge him on these actions - after all the man has the power to hire and fire the Chief Constable - will one of his mates in the Lodge? be our next CC? Until he faces hiis critics and justifies his actions we are liberty to critisise. So Bill MAN UP!
[quote][p][bold]pronstar[/bold] wrote: I haven't read all the comments in this latest WN story milking the PCC debate bandwagon but I think that its time to let Mr Longmore & his deputy get on with the job and let us judge them by their results, don't you think?[/p][/quote]I would agree with you on your final point, however our publicly elected officials whether they be PCC's, MP's, Councillors etc need to be seen to be honest and act with integrity (given the MP's expenses saga and other corruption issues in public office) Bill Longmore appears at the moment to be both dishonest and without integrity. It is perfectly fair for us to judge him on these actions - after all the man has the power to hire and fire the Chief Constable - will one of his mates in the Lodge? be our next CC? Until he faces hiis critics and justifies his actions we are liberty to critisise. So Bill MAN UP! imustbeoldiwearacap
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8:38am Sat 15 Dec 12

Bill Chapman says...

That link to the petition to abolish the Police and Crime Commissioners should have no gaps in it!
That link to the petition to abolish the Police and Crime Commissioners should have no gaps in it! Bill Chapman
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11:06am Sat 15 Dec 12

gmoore1207 says...

the mans a joke with outdated ideas but if we did not vote thats what happens
the mans a joke with outdated ideas but if we did not vote thats what happens gmoore1207
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12:54pm Sat 15 Dec 12

reflector says...

But it's the system that's wrong and that's why I didn't vote.

It seems clear that with the police facing substantial financial cuts, the government was keen to get someone to do its dirty work for it and, then blame the likes of Longmore. However, the quality of many of the "elected" Commissioners is such that the whole idea has been brought into disrepute almost from the word go.

The sooner that the Government realises that this has been a horrendous mistake, the better. No-one should ever be put into any kind of position where they have licence to act as a dictator, least of all if they only enjoy the support of around 5% of the electorate.

Poor old Bill is clearly out of his depth but that only compounds the problem.
But it's the system that's wrong and that's why I didn't vote. It seems clear that with the police facing substantial financial cuts, the government was keen to get someone to do its dirty work for it and, then blame the likes of Longmore. However, the quality of many of the "elected" Commissioners is such that the whole idea has been brought into disrepute almost from the word go. The sooner that the Government realises that this has been a horrendous mistake, the better. No-one should ever be put into any kind of position where they have licence to act as a dictator, least of all if they only enjoy the support of around 5% of the electorate. Poor old Bill is clearly out of his depth but that only compounds the problem. reflector
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4:47pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Worcesterwench says...

I didn't vote because I simply don't believe in the need for Bill Longmores job or his 'deputy' !!
I would rather my tax be spent on extra bobbies!
I didn't vote because I simply don't believe in the need for Bill Longmores job or his 'deputy' !! I would rather my tax be spent on extra bobbies! Worcesterwench
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9:03pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Keith B says...

pronstar wrote:
I haven't read all the comments in this latest WN story milking the PCC debate bandwagon but I think that its time to let Mr Longmore & his deputy get on with the job and let us judge them by their results, don't you think?
1933 - Berlin Post. I think that its time to let Mr Hitler & his deputies get on with the job and let us judge them by their results.



Pronstar is of course right - it IS a bandwagon and yet the hundreds of comments are all from people who don't know each other, haven't consulted - indeed are normally at each others throats in these columns, yet seem to be pretty united in their opinions regarding the suitability of this man for the job. It isn't orchestrated, it's just happened.

Why - because once in office his profile has raised and people can now see what a huge mistake they made in allowing this appointment through their own apathy.

Don't worry - it's now only three years and five months to go (as the term of office has already been reduced by a panicking government.)


Incidentally - What happens if Longmore dies in office? Is it like the American system where the Vice President steps in? Is Barrie just a heartbeat away from being the first totally un-elected PCC. Or is he effectively already in post?
[quote][p][bold]pronstar[/bold] wrote: I haven't read all the comments in this latest WN story milking the PCC debate bandwagon but I think that its time to let Mr Longmore & his deputy get on with the job and let us judge them by their results, don't you think?[/p][/quote]1933 - Berlin Post. I think that its time to let Mr Hitler & his deputies get on with the job and let us judge them by their results. Pronstar is of course right - it IS a bandwagon and yet the hundreds of comments are all from people who don't know each other, haven't consulted - indeed are normally at each others throats in these columns, yet seem to be pretty united in their opinions regarding the suitability of this man for the job. It isn't orchestrated, it's just happened. Why - because once in office his profile has raised and people can now see what a huge mistake they made in allowing this appointment through their own apathy. Don't worry - it's now only three years and five months to go (as the term of office has already been reduced by a panicking government.) Incidentally - What happens if Longmore dies in office? Is it like the American system where the Vice President steps in? Is Barrie just a heartbeat away from being the first totally un-elected PCC. Or is he effectively already in post? Keith B
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12:41am Sun 16 Dec 12

pronstar says...

Whilst I may agree that we are headed towards a police state Keith, I do think that comparisons with Hitler's Germany are a little premature.
Whilst I may agree that we are headed towards a police state Keith, I do think that comparisons with Hitler's Germany are a little premature. pronstar
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9:57am Sun 16 Dec 12

Graham Price says...

The photograph of our Dear Leader, PCC Bill Longmore used by Worcester Evening News at the top of this story is a groteseque misrepresentation of the truth.

When was it taken?

1955?

Am I alone in thinking that there should be a current picture used by the media of our Dear Leader in order to accurately portray this elected official whose salary is paid for by the likes of you and me?
The photograph of our Dear Leader, PCC Bill Longmore used by Worcester Evening News at the top of this story is a groteseque misrepresentation of the truth. When was it taken? 1955? Am I alone in thinking that there should be a current picture used by the media of our Dear Leader in order to accurately portray this elected official whose salary is paid for by the likes of you and me? Graham Price
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8:12pm Sun 16 Dec 12

New Kid on the Block says...

Graham Price wrote:
The photograph of our Dear Leader, PCC Bill Longmore used by Worcester Evening News at the top of this story is a groteseque misrepresentation of the truth.

When was it taken?

1955?

Am I alone in thinking that there should be a current picture used by the media of our Dear Leader in order to accurately portray this elected official whose salary is paid for by the likes of you and me?
I totally agree, how can we have any faith in a man who won't even use a current picture.
For a more up to date picture try
http://the-100th-mon
key.co.uk/wp-content
/uploads/2012/11/lon
gmore.jpg
or
http://www.bill4pcc.
co.uk/_/rsrc/1350284
342637/in-the-news/p
hoto-video-page/Bill
%20with%20Labour%20c
andidate%20Simon%20M
urphy%20%28small%29.
jpg?height=251&width
=320
[quote][p][bold]Graham Price[/bold] wrote: The photograph of our Dear Leader, PCC Bill Longmore used by Worcester Evening News at the top of this story is a groteseque misrepresentation of the truth. When was it taken? 1955? Am I alone in thinking that there should be a current picture used by the media of our Dear Leader in order to accurately portray this elected official whose salary is paid for by the likes of you and me?[/p][/quote]I totally agree, how can we have any faith in a man who won't even use a current picture. For a more up to date picture try http://the-100th-mon key.co.uk/wp-content /uploads/2012/11/lon gmore.jpg or http://www.bill4pcc. co.uk/_/rsrc/1350284 342637/in-the-news/p hoto-video-page/Bill %20with%20Labour%20c andidate%20Simon%20M urphy%20%28small%29. jpg?height=251&width =320 New Kid on the Block
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9:51am Thu 20 Dec 12

More Tea Vicar says...

I can understand the government trying to cut down waste, even if it means cutting some benefits and services.

But the whole PCC elections and now the expense of the post, plus the obvious waste on the likes of Abu Hamza, the DG of the BBC etc, suggests that public money is being wasted at a prodigious rate.

The government can blame its predecessors for some of this, but a lot of it seems to be within the government's remit to cut.
I can understand the government trying to cut down waste, even if it means cutting some benefits and services. But the whole PCC elections and now the expense of the post, plus the obvious waste on the likes of Abu Hamza, the DG of the BBC etc, suggests that public money is being wasted at a prodigious rate. The government can blame its predecessors for some of this, but a lot of it seems to be within the government's remit to cut. More Tea Vicar
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