By Steve Moore
Cast your mind back to November 15th 2012. A new dawn for democracy in England and Wales, was it not? Alas 85% of us had better things to do rather than take the time out to vote for a local police and crime commissioner (PCC). But 41 were duly elected anyway to provide direct local links between the public and the police.
Hardly anyone noticed or much cared. Like so much of the ‘big society’, the innovation survived just about unscathed from its first exposure to public apathy. No wonder the then-Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude proclaimed that “transferring power out of Whitehall was like trying to pull chewing gum of your shoe”.
Then last week Ron Hogg emerged into the light. Hogg is an avuncular Scottish teacher turned police officer, who previously made his name by heading up the police unit attached to the England World Cup supporters in 2002. He’s served as a PCC for Durham for four years. During his tenure Hogg started a dialogue with Michael Fisher (aka Ziggy