The turnouts are lamentable but that is the fault of the Government for constructing them in this system in the first place. It was almost as if the Conservatives were embarrassed by the idea of having these polls. Well, some may say they have got what they wished for. It is no good saying we have got the idea established. This is a very poor start for these Police Commissioners, whichever party they come from... It was crazy to voluntarily choose mid-November for the election. It is cold, it is dark, the clocks have gone back.
This unique experiment in democracy won't be remembered for the first police commissioners, but for how little it caught voters' attention.
Lord Prescott has lost his bid to become the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside.
A guide to the elections for Police and Crime commissioners in England and Wales, taking place tomorrow.