This layer of bureaucracy has developed a life of its own

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Remember all that drivel from the Conservatives about how they intended to purge the country of expensive quangos, and hack away at the thriving management culture in town halls?

If anything, the advent of police commissioners (one of Cameron’s pet projects) has made the situation worse.

This entirely unnecessary layer of bureaucracy – which is an abuse of basic democracy as well as taxpayers’ money – has already begun to develop a life of its own.

It’s been reported that some of these so-called commissioners have begun appointing friends and political allies as deputies – on salaries approaching £70,000 a year – without bothering to advertise the posts. Not only are the snouts back in the old trough – they’re actually building some new ones.