Category Archives: Party politics

‘Mayor of Cambridge gets soaked opening mini-water park’ – Thoughts on community reporting

Summary Want to see a short video of Cllr Gerri Bird getting soaked? Of course you do! But what is the role of a community reporter that the likes of Shape Your Place are encouraging? And how do you manage … 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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A day digital filming in Cambridge

Summary Living and learning with my introduction to digital filming class For Cambridgeshire-based people, Hills Road are running an Introduction to Digital Film Making on Weds evenings from September – see here. It also sits nicely with An introduction to … Continue reading

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Community Action in Action – Cambridge

Summary When local people speak about their own ideas that they have worked on for a long time, the passion comes out in huge quantities. Community reporters can bring these ideas to a wider audience Some of you may have heard … Continue reading

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An unscheduled tour of The Fens

Summary After getting up at 5:45am & only realising I had got the CommsCamp14 conference day a week early when the train left Ely (north of Cambridge), I decided to go on a mini tour…starting with Peterborough @Puffles2010 Heya, well … Continue reading

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Repairing our democracy with a little digital help

Summary Some thoughts from a gathering of the revived Democracy Club of 2010 -> with 2015 in mind They are tweeting at @Democlub, are on Facebook here and have a website here. I’ve blogged a lot about democracy (see here for … Continue reading

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Cambridge Regional College Students question Cambridgeshire councillors

Summary The view from the director’s box as further education students at Cambridge Regional College give local politicians a television media masterclass – and comprehensively myth-bust the stereotype that media is an ‘easy’ subject. The whole show is below: First … 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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Tabled questions to Cambridge City Council’s new Labour council

Summary Some questions (and my thinking behind them) that I will be asking the new council executive team on Thursday 12 June I’ve written to Cambridge City Council’s democratic services team giving notice of questions I’m going to ask them. … Continue reading

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Cambridge Labour’s young guns take up office

Summary Some thoughts and advice for Cambridge City Council’s new executive councillors – in particular for those that have never held executive office before They’ve been named here. Included in this list are tweeting councillors Carina O’Reilly (deputy leader covering the … Continue reading

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