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By-election in Queen Ediths ward, Cambridge – reporting but not standing

Summary Why I’m hoping to play a somewhat different role in this local political contest A number of people from across my neighbourhood invited me to stand as an independent in the looming by-election. Other than not being in the … Continue reading

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What’s your vision for Cambridgeshire? Because the county council are starting the debate

Summary A somewhat fortuitous merging of a pre-submitted oral question from myself on Be the change – Cambridge with a debate on the future structure of public services in the county A video of most of the debate is here. … Continue reading

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On mental health – again

Summary On finding out that you’re not alone, and a big moan about politics too We’re losing too many good people because of our society’s failure to help people facing mental health challenges. There seems to be a pattern here … Continue reading

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Don’t expect Carswell to be a Kilroy

Summary There’s a lot more to the by-election results than a kipper landslide I stayed up to watch the results. The coverage and commentary on TV is an item of comment in itself aside from the results. The results are … Continue reading

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Using video to make local politics and democracy more accessible

Summary Some thoughts on using digital video/filming events to bring politicians closer to the people Over the past few weeks I’ve filmed a number of talks, speeches presentations and events. This is all part of what I can only describe … Continue reading

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Coleridge shines on its open day – breaking a generation of negative stereotypes

Summary On how one of our local secondary schools is demonstrating what investment and leadership can achieve – for this was an open evening that busted a number of negative local stereotypes The signs across a number of houses in … Continue reading

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By-election in my neighbourhood – Should Puffles stand?

Summary Sue Birtles, until recently the Labour Councillor for Queen Edith’s ward has stood down to concentrate on fighting the South Cambridgeshire seat for the 2015 general election. So…should Puffles stand? Should I stand in my own name? Should refrain from … Continue reading

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Will local issues be even bigger factors in the 2015 general election?

Summary With the three main parties facing competition from beyond each other in an era of low trust in party politics, will this – combined with continued growth in social media use mean candidates having to raise their personal profiles … Continue reading

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Cambridge Climate Vigil, Climate March, Scottish Referendum

Summary Ramblings on three events – one local, one Scottish, and one worldwide The world ain’t a happy place at the moment – has it ever been? I watched the Scottish independence referendum through both the mainstream and social media … Continue reading

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We did it!

Summary *****Thank you***** to everyone that took part in our conversation cafe! Over fifty people kick-started Be the change – Cambridge. Now the really hard work starts. See http://bethechangecambridge.org.uk/?p=283 for an early write up with videos. See Lucinda Price’s excellent photographs … Continue reading

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