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I received my voting card for 15th November’s elections for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner in the post a couple of weeks ago. Until last week, the only opinion I have had about this election is that using the acronym PCC for this new job will confuse both Anglicans and anyone who followed the Leveson inquiry.

Since we don’t watch local news on telly and don’t regularly get a local paper, we have had no idea about who is standing or what the job entails. So in my quest to have an informed vote, I duly googled and found a BBC website which gave me the lowdown on the candidates (there is also a national site that will enable you to see candidates).

There is the usual collection of political candidates and three independents, but the person who stood out for me is one of the independents. Derek Webley is a local guy (he’s based just up the road from our parish), who has excellent relevant experience (having already led the West Midlands Police Board – the first independent to do so) and he is a Christian. I don’t want to see policing politicised and a win for Derek Webley would keep policing out of party hands but not deliver it to someone inexperienced and unsuitable. I wonder if people’s dissatisfaction with politicians at the moment will deliver us any independent Police and Crime Commissioners, though? Or are we so stuck with the political system, with its teams of leafleting volunteers, that independents have no chance? I shall be encouraging people to vote, as usual, but I’m a little despairing about the outcome.

 

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Thank you everyone for voting in the Great Tree Date Debate. The results show that there is very little consensus! So now I feel better about not waiting until Christmas Eve – there doesn’t seem to be an official Anglican position on this. And reminds me that we ought to go out and get our tree, seeing as the Engineer’s birthday has now passed. We’ll be heading out sometime this week. Or I’ll be sending the Vicar out with the roofrack, anyway.

In the meantime we’re still wondering what to do with the white fibreoptic tree that someone left on our doorstep this weekend. It’s used, with some tinsel and baubels. And we’ve not yet tracked down the donor. Another Vicarage mystery.

Answer Votes
Other (see below)
22%
Last Sunday before Christmas
18%
When I can be bothered
16%
24th December
15%
1st December
11%
First day of school holidays
11%
Advent Sunday
6%
I hate Christmas trees & don’t have one
1%

The other answers show us how many people are blessed with December birthdays!

Other Answers Votes
Birthday driven

ASAP after 5th December (younger son’s b’day)
after 19th. sons birthday
Like the engineer on my birthday the 8th!
The weekend before my birthday (7th Dec)
Another December birthday here so sometime after the 3rd…but down on 2nd Jan!
6.5%
Organisation driven

Sometimes we do – sometimes we don’t. Depends on time
When we get organised
when we have time
Somewhere between ‘when I mean to’ and Christmas Eve
When we are fed up to hear Im nagging Steven to get it down!
When I can persuade my husband that he can’t put it off any longer!
6.5%
Other dates

17th December
10th
in time for the first carol service
Earlier than when did not have children.
last saturday before christmas
the day the children break up
8%
And finally

We don’t have one but we don’t hate them.
1%

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