Don't let apathy be the winner
IT is, perhaps, a little predictable to say that those who fail to use their right to vote also lose their right to moan. Predictable but true.
Like it or not it is make-your-mind-up-time in the race to elect the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall - tomorrow you need to cast your vote.
It is a campaign that has failed to catch the public imagination, not least because the appointment of an £85,000 a year commissioner seems to be an expensive attempt to solve a problem that doesn't exist. The problem with policing is not a lack of bosses or a lack of political involvement - far from it. Anyone with half an interest in modern policing knows the problem is that our police are expected to do more and more with less and less.
We don't need a glorified sheriff exerting political influence - we want a force dedicated to fairness, law and order led by experienced and competent senior officers.
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However, the ballot box awaits and it is up to you to make a decision. The Herald has published profiles of all 10 candidates which are still on our website to help you.
Our democracy makes few demands on the private citizen - pay your taxes, obey the law and vote for what you believe.
Many are anticipating a low turnout and some have already started to dismiss the result of an election we haven't even had yet as unrepresentative. The turnout may well end up being low but it won't be unrepresentative - it is up to each and everyone of us to go out, cast our vote and make sure this election does not end up representing a victory for apathy.