For many years listeners to Radio 4's Thought For The Day were treated to regular contributions from the Rev. Canon Dr. Alan Billings, a liberal Anglican priest. But a few years back he became the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire and had to leave the programme. It looks, however, as if he kept his old TFTD ways of thinking and applied them in his new role. And he's been front-and-centre today, on non-BBC broadcasters, defending the controversial South Yorkshire Police tweet shown above. He's not been doing very well though. Take this, for example:
South Yorkshire Police asked the public to report "non-crime hate incidents". Nick Ferrari's extraordinary interview with their Police Commissioner is 🔥🔥🔥. pic.twitter.com/M72FhwobkM— LBC (@LBC) September 11, 2018
Maybe it's time for him to hang up his sheriff's badge and mosey on back to the Today studio. After all, he can be as platitudinous as he likes there and it wouldn't matter.