Category Archives: Law and legal issues

What should the relationship be between local community reporters & trained journalists?

Summary Some thoughts following some bedtime reading and a radio interview with Cambridge 105 – in the context of a new law passed on reporting on council meetings The announcement of the new regulations is here – Parliament having approved these. … Continue reading

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Playing with digital audio

Summary Digital video is only as good as your sound. So getting to grips with what you film means ensuring you have a good sound too I’ve been playing with digital audio ever since I got my last laptop – … Continue reading

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A public accounts committee for every town hall?

Summary Could Ed Miliband’s new policy for local government energise local democracy? The reports are at the end of this page -> summary and full. It was featured in The Guardian here. The report covers a number of things, but … Continue reading

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Improving local government in the context of Trojan Horse story

Summary Looking at some bigger picture issues on a news item that has engulfed Westminster – and examining the principles of some local government roots Part 1 – Education Both the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary made statements to … Continue reading

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‘Reclaim the game – Funk FIFA’

Summary An old band makes a new return – and has the corrupt monster that is FIFA in its sights This new number’s more than quite good By ‘Pop Will Eat Itself’ About time we had some protest in music. … Continue reading

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The Scottish independence referendum debate comes to Cambridge

Summary From one political gathering to another in the same evening – what I learnt from four male Scots sparring on independence The first thing I was asked as I wandered towards the doors of the Cambridge Union building was: … Continue reading

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Vice-president of the European Commission visits Puffles (or rather Cambridge University)

Summary A speech clearly targeted at an audience outside the room, but what was it like inside? It’s not every day that the Vice-president of the European Commission rocks up to your home town, so me and Puffles popped round … Continue reading

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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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So you’ve registered with @BiteTheBallot … then what?

Summary Voter registration campaigns have got to do more than just encourage people to register and vote. Here’s some things that they might want to do. [Updated 3 Feb 2014 to add] Bite The Ballot got in touch with Puffles … Continue reading

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#VoteCamp at UKGovCamp 2014

Summary Picking up who said what at Sharon and James’ workshop number 1 at City Hall Sharon blogged about this here. There’s also a new campaign called Bite the ballot – see here. Also Anthony from DemSoc talked about ‘voting plus’ … Continue reading

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