These are the reasons the elections were such an embarrassment:
1. Nobody wanted police commissioners in the first place.
2. The government failed- in fact didn't even try- to make its case.
3. There was no campaigning.
4. The candidates were the greyest and dustiest of party hacks- with the single exception of Lord Prescott and he lost because everybody despises New Labour and thank goodness for that.
There, that's my report. On second thoughts I'd like paying for it. I'll take a tenner...