Is this a good way of promoting the police commissioner election?

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Norfolk Police Authority has released a ‘rap’ video in an attempt to promote the forthcoming election for the role of police and crime commissioner.

The video, starring writer and broadcaster Keith Skipper as ‘Duzzy Raskel’, is an attempt to reach more people ahead of the election on Thursday, November 15.

It has been made in association with the Norfolk Police Authority (NPA).

“It’s a serious subject but we feel a lighter touch with that distinctive Norfolk flavour helps get the message across,” says Keith. “I’ve never done anything like this before ... something I have in common with most candidates and voters on November 15.”

Chris Harding, Chief Executive of the outgoing NPA, said: “The Home Office national campaign to raise public awareness is scheduled to start later this month. This is to be followed by national promotions via the Electoral Commission. I hope that today’s launch of the Duzzy Raskel rap helps raise awareness in Norfolk.

“Like it or not, it carries the clear message that things are going to change and that it is important to the people who have a vote in Norfolk that they seek to raise their and their friends awareness of it and know of the date for the election.”

Do you like the video? Leave your comment below.

31 comments

  • The self-important Mr Chris Harding and the somewhat sad Mr Stephen Bett should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. I just hope that Mervyn Lambert instigates a formal inquiry once he is elected.

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    Nemesis

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • There remains only one candidate who will not be subject to signing over a public police force to the likes of G4S,Steve Morphew of Labour.No to privatisation of the police.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • This is another example of what the county does not need. We all know we from Norfolk have our own dialect and accent- I speak a mid Norfolk just like Keith's. In the mouths of natives it reflects our origins and our history and is no less worthy than the accents of Yorkshiremen, Scots and Welsh, but in matters like this dragging out our dialect as if it was a source of amusement is not appropriate.Keith was trying for amusing skit with a few dialect related puns, it is the thinking of the person who commissioned the promo which is at fault. It is the same sort of thinking as that behind the UEA motto, as out of place as a Cambridge college high table having "dockey". When this sort of thing is initiated by people who do not speak Norfolk naturally it is mocking and insulting. As for elected police commissioners-here comes the new boss, same as the old boss.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • I'm confused, after all I am just a pleb. Is Keith Skipper one of the candidates for Norfolk Police Commissioner and this is his official election campaign video? I can't wait for what the other candidates will come up with.

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    Rhombus

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • I sincerely hope that the first action of the new Police and Crime Commissioner will be to instigate the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for this cretinous, patronising drivel.

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    Ne Absiste

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • P oor R ap A nd T uneless S ong

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Keith Skipper can do no wrong in my book,if he's made a few quid out of this good luck to him! I am more worried about the creation of yet another well paid non job at the taxpayer's expense!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Good god this is bad. What a thorough waste of money. Who on earth is the target audience for this thing? I imagine that this is meant to reach young people. And if so it will fail miserably. It wreaks of older people thinking they know what will be a 'cool' idea to get young people involved. Clearly it is meant to be having a laugh at itself, but it's just not funny. This is destined for ribbing in the national media. Making our county look like a bunch of yokels once more.

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    DT

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • It would seem Mr Bett thinks rather too highly of his own achievements, a rather clear sign if another one were needed, that he is definitely not the man to continue. Achieving a bar set inadequately low is nothing to be proud of.

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    Honest John

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • I agree with outspoken, it is totally cringeworthy. Hate the fake yokel act.

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    Abraham

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • That tripe cost the Norfolk Tax Payers £5000. Easy to throw away tax payers money isn't it. And there's the Police Complaining about having no money.

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    Commissioner Pleb

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • I thought Alan Smethurst (Singing Postman) was the only true Norfolk character with such talent - maybe this 21st Century budding rapper should try The X Factor!

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    Boadicea 1959

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Skipper the wigga.."It's going to be up there. Yeh man, and also, yeh man. People is really feeling that, so that should be real flavour." Westwood last night!!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Mr Bett, who obviously signed this off for the NPA when he was chairman said the NPA was doing ok and there was no need for PCCSs. Yet one line of the ditty is " We will give them permission to do better for me and you" Seems the NPA is now conceding there is need for change. Which is exactly what most of us have been saying all along - except the former editor of the EDP that is who took it upon himself to speak for the county.

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    BG

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Yet again another idiot doing his best to make Norfolk and our community a laughing stock (and for all the wrong reasons). This does nothing but to support the stereotype of 'Normal for Norfolk'. It doesn't represent our county or attitudes, just some idiot wasting his time and our money. If you want to spend the rest of your 'professional career' making a buffoon of yourself do it on your own time and at your own expense Mr Skipper!

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    Nial Adams

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Cringe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can feel myself blushing for him :(

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    outspoken

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Who is his target audience exactly?

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    NrflkM

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Old Whiley isn't a fan of the rapping genre of musical taste and this is further proof of that. I think that the video editing is very good, but the content appears lost as to who it's tartget audience is. The gentleman in the video has clearly tried, but has unfortunately failed to win myself over. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • With a combined viewing figure of near to three-quarters of a million people in the East Anglia region, last night’s coverage on BBC East and Anglia TV , combined with local radio coverage, has done what no poster campaign or advertising approach the NPA could have undertaken at minimal cost. It is a light-hearted or "fun" item item with iconic Norfolk scenes which features a well known and respected Norfolkman, Keith Skipper. It has raised awareness of the fact that something new is coming i.e. Police & Crime Commissioners, and the key date to vote is the 15th November. Strange that the paper version of the EDP today makes no mention of it even though the on-line version does!

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    NPAman

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • That is just sad. ES AY DEE. It's not even funny, embarrassing to watch. "Oh, look I'm an old fella in a baseball cap predending I'm a teen!" It's not even rap. Wow, get that to win Britains Got Talent. Confirms what I have always said about Police Authorities, they are out of touch.

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    Commissioner Pleb

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Aside from flagging up the date of the election I would imagine the principle aim of this waste of money would have been to actually inform people about what the post is all about. Does it do that? Does it hell. If I read anything in the near future about how tough the cuts are biting.........

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    DT

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Like it or loathe it, Keith Skipper has obviously achieved the objective - get people talking about the subject. Does make him look a bit daft, but he's never worried about that before, has he?!

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    julygirl

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • .....Keith Skipper can do no wrong in my book......I agree, but isn't Keith a little bit too short to be an effective police commissioner?

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Keith Skipper can do no wrong in my book,if he's made a few quid out of this good luck to him! I am more worried about the creation of yet another well paid non job at the taxpayer's expense!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Whoever thought up such an ill-conceived way to advertise the elections for the role of a new PCC needs to seriously consider if they are in the right job. This video is demeaning to the citizens of Norfolk and if anything will undoubtedly put people off voting. While I can understand Keith Skipper indulging himself with the publicity that he's getting from this video one has to ask if it does anything but heap ridicule on Norfolk residents? With videos like this is it any wonder that people elsewhere in the country refer to us as carrot crunchers?

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    Douglas McCoy

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Normal standard of Skipper crassness. The spirit of Alan Partridge lives on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

  • Its Ok. Its a different way to raise awareness. They have tried to do what Lancashire did ( they used the Lancashire HotPots and their vid is fantastic lots of info on the job role and has had over 25k views in a few weeks -http:www.youtube.comwatch?v=1OvofYwF2FU

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    Divana Speech

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • NPAman - all the coverage in the world doesn't help the fact that said advertising doesn't explain what the role is actually all about and therefore why you should head out to vote.

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    DT

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Personally I think the videos is most appropriate for an election that the vast majority of people couldn't give a damn about.

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    Vic Sponge

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • The effect it had on my son, my wife or myself was different. My wife thought enough of it to put it on her FB site, I think its cheap for the effort and people involved, something like that usually cost twice as much. It is somewhat yokel and should not be played more than once, but it brings over the date.... But, because its the only thing there is to remind us, the electronic EDP should put a link on to its front page website for the duration of the campaign....... Best shot in it comes near the end, when he touches a road sign named Kett's Oak, his hint at the importance of this candidate having Independent credentials. Although it is an unpopular post, forced on us, we ought to make sure that we elect a PCC with business sense and success, someone who is frugal and honest with us and good with figures. Many now think like Nemesis, you can hear his name being mentioned in West Norfolk, by Conservatives and Greens alike, equally in South Norfolk. He will win over Norwich voters as he comes from a simple background , he knows all about hard work, crime and how to make ends meet. I know that he will be good for Norfolk because I personally know him and what he has done so far. He stood as an Independent 30 years ago and still is Independent. He loves his wife and Norfolk and is mad on NCFC, gardening and his dog. Most important in my view, he has never been a member of any political party. Do I have to mention his name? No, I thought not.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Definately cringeworthy, although the 'rapper' does look a bit like PCC candidate Steve Morphew ?

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    earth monkey

    Monday, October 1, 2012

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