The national storm around the
police commisoner and his serious lack of judgement follows very closely on a similar serious lack of judgement by his rival, the housing boss who wanted his job. Cumbria
The housing boss, Mr Patrick Leonard,
Carlisle regional director of Riverside Housing Association, became a Labour politician so that he could fight the recent election for the Police and Crime Commissioner job.
Then Mr Leonard provoked a storm with his preposterous idea that he could run both jobs together side by side-
Riverside director and Police Commissioner.
The commissioner , Mr Richard Rhodes, is now under fire over chauffeur-driven car expenses and the arrest of whistleblowers .The whistleblowers allegedly contacted the local paper, the
and Westmorland Herald , known as the Herald, in Penrith its home-town. Cumberland
The future of Mr Rhodes now is very uncertain. However, the future of Mr Leonard, back as a housing boss, is very certain- since his defeat by Mr Rhodes he has decided to quit and take another job.
A future more certain than ever is that of the Herald. because of its outstanding courage in holding Mr Rhodes to account.
The Herald says it was only doing its job and should not be compared with the whistleblowers-in
whistleblowing is called singing. America
In the Herald, these whistleblowers are described as “the truly courageous people who have put their careers in jeopardy”