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“We stand alone” – Puffles to stand as an independent in Cambridge

  ***To the great people of Cambridge*** Puffles the Dragon Fairy (@Puffles2010 on Twitter) is standing for election! See here in the Cambridge News! This is an appeal encouraging you to take part in local democracy in a way that … Continue reading

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Puffles goes to watch Cambridgeshire Tories at first hand

(…or first paw) Summary Some thoughts on the Conservatives’ response to the UKIP threat in East Anglia First of all, ***Thank you*** to Vicky Ford MEP for the invitation to attend. Interestingly when I got there, I found the first … Continue reading

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Green Party launches their East of England manifesto in Cambridge

Summary Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and lead candidate for East Anglia return to Cambridge once again as Cambridge Young Greens prepare for some mass campaigning over the next few weeks. But will we see a manifesto specifically for Cambridge? … Continue reading

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Puffles breathes fire into the Haverhill-Cambridge rail campaign

Summary Crossing the county boundary to sprinkle some dragon-fairy dust to help transport campaigners in Suffolk reconnect with Cambridge – and raising the political temperature too Actually, it was just as much learning as commenting in Haverhill earlier. It was … Continue reading

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A manifesto for Cambridge – my first draft.

Summary My ideas on (electronic) paper Well, this is quite a big deal for me – not least because it’s over 6,000 words of ideas. As a result, I have created a separate section on this blog’s title bar to … Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats’ manifesto for Cambridge 2014

Summary Liberal Democrats playing it safe too – but they are the ones with the record to defend, warts and all Following the publication of Labour’s manifesto for Cambridge – which I looked at here, Cambridge Liberal Democrats have done … Continue reading

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Parkside Coleridge students unlock democracy in Cambridge

Summary Year 9 students achieved by lunchtime what I had failed to achieve in over 2 years of campaigning, as young people show how they can change the cultures of our public institutions My jaw figuratively hit the floor when … Continue reading

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So…should Puffles stand for election in Cambridge?

Summary Decision time is coming up. Should Puffles stand?  This is something that I’ve been asking a few people about ever since the Cambridge News reported on an angry blogpost I wrote regarding engaging with young people, and social media … Continue reading

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On the importance of ‘safe spaces’ for those of us with mental health challenges

Summary Visiting the Lifeworks occupation protest in Cambridge – care in the community ‘Care in the community’ got a bit of a bad name in the media during the 1990s after a series of high-profile murders combined with inflammatory headlines. … Continue reading

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“I’m sorry, I got it badly wrong, here’s what I’ve learnt…” A much-needed reality check

Summary Me taking responsibility for my conduct when I misjudge things badly. This relates to a conference I was at on musical inclusion – which I blogged about here. Just over three weeks after the event, musician Martin Case posted … Continue reading

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