The fundamental question is... what really are the significant choices that one can put before the electorate about how the job of PCC can be done? Unless there are real choices, it is very difficult to persuade voters that the election is worth voting in. The candidates were all saying we want more police on the beat, we want to tackle anti-social behaviour, we want the police to be more efficient. It is very difficult to find an obvious difference between them in terms of strategic direction.
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.