Category Archives: Housing and transport

By failing to deal with the housing crisis…

…are politicians undermining the ‘hard working families’ and ‘big society’ that they claim to be acting in the interests of? Yes. Next. This applies nationwide – not just to Cambridge, although I’m writing this in the context of a Cambridge … Continue reading

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Puffles looks at trains again

Summary Musings on maps – of the railway kind. And following the wanderings of my mind. This blogpost started off from reading an article about Blackpool – see it here. There’s one thing that troubles me not just about Blackpool … Continue reading

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The autumn statement

Summary More political tactics than radical strategy and long-term vision as Osborne and Balls crossed swords I never find these parliamentary statements particularly pleasant viewing. Too much testosterone-fuelled willy-waving and point-scoring for my liking. Statistical spin on the National Infrastructure … Continue reading

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Money doesn’t lie to itself

Summary Even some of the financial press are saying the current economic & political system is unsustainable. But can ‘the left’ take the pendulum swinging back its way for granted? I read Allister Heath’s article on big business and public … Continue reading

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The living wage debate comes to Cambridge

Summary The living wage campaign in a local community action and local politics context I took Puffles along to a full council meeting of Cambridge City Council, having submitted in advance a question to ask the council at that meeting. … Continue reading

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Should we have a Ministry for England?

Summary A radical suggestion from the Local Government Association. But what would it look like? This proposal came out of the blue for me – I didn’t see this one coming from the LGA. At its annual conference they set … Continue reading

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Labour’s pledge for minimum housing standards in private rented sector

Summary The devils will be in the delivery, which is why the policy detail must be spot on. Earlier today, Labour’s shadow housing minister Jack Dromey announced that a future Labour Government would implement the decent homes standard to the … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE – Ed Miliband confirms Labour will back re-opening of Oxford-Cambridge rail link

Summary Ed Miliband’s visit to Cambridge I was on my way into town to spend an afternoon behind a few mugs of coffee and a laptop when I caught news of Miliband’s rescheduled visit to Cambridge which was cut short … Continue reading

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Cash for Cambridge?

Summary Why the demands for £1billion for Cambridge should not be at the expense of northern cities Some of you may have seen the headline in the Cambridge Evening News. ‘Spend £1 billion on Cambridge – not the north’ I’m … Continue reading

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Beeching, Marples and Britain’s lost railways

Summary Some thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the report that devastated Britain’s network of branchline railways, with a look to the future. Many moons ago, I wondered why there were no train lines linking Cambridge to towns like Bedford … Continue reading

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