Back in the 1850's Charles Dickens wrote an editorial about a man who had been wrongly arrested for robbery. The real criminal was arrested and later convicted, he served 5 years in Prison. The man who was wrongly arrested spent 40 years in jail. The reason was that back then people had to pay for the use of the cell. This man could never raise the funds to pay off his debt and gain his release. It was not an isolated case although perhaps on the extreme side.
The elected Police Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd is a man who does not know his history. He has suggested that people again be charged £400 a night to be put into a police cell. Again it will mean that if you are wrongly arrested you will still be liable for the charge and have to engage a lawyer to claim back the money. If you don't have the £400 then you will be forced to take out a loan and it will be stopped out of your pay or benefits.
Like many in the Conservative Party Mr Lloyd has never read anything other than The Daily Mail, Hansard and official biographies of Mrs Thatcher. This narrow world view does mean that he is out of touch with reality. It all seems to be part of a plan that by the end of this parliament the country will be back to the 1800's and ripe for being sold off as a Victorian theme park to Disney.