Keith Vaz, the home affairs select committee chairman, is to inquire about an “emergency law” to sack Shaun Wright, the embattled South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner (PCC), in the wake of last month’s child abuse revelations.
MPs called Wright a charlatan and “a dead PCC walking” after he claimed he was doing a “very good job”. Wright said resigning would be the easy option, after widespread calls for him to step down.
Look, Keithy mate, this is all really very simple indeed.
Maybe there should be PCCs, maybe there shouldn’t be. Perhaps they should be directly elected and perhaps they shouldn’t be.
But the fact is that they are directly elected. Which means that we the voters have hired them and the only people (absent an actual criminal conviction, and the rules for that need to be set in advance, as they are for MPs) that get to fire them are us the voters. As with your own position as an MP.
And that’s it, it really is that simple.
No elected official can be fired by the State.