Scotland's inexorable drift towards a national police force continues, and stands as a grim warning to England of the way things could go here if ACPO gets its way.
Rory Mair, Chairman of the Scottish local government convention, warned "a national force would be accountable to a single Government-appointed board. Instead of there being 1200 individuals elected locally who can have a say in the service, we’re talking about an appointed board of 20 or so souls appointed by the minister who will do that job on behalf of the whole of Scotland."
The transformation of Scotland's police from a force constituted on Peelean principles, locally based, locally governed and locally accountable, into the paramilitary wing of the Scottish State is about to happen. Be very afraid.