Category Archives: Public administration & policy

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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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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Vox-popping for ‘Be the change – Cambridge’

Summary Preparing some of the ground for our event on Saturday 13 September at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge with some thoughts of people in my community – as well as being a one-man-poster campaign. Unlike my election campaign of 2014 … Continue reading

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GCSE Results Day

Summary Comparing then with now. I stumbled across this blogpost which nails it. Same stuff, different year. Commentators moaning about exam standards not being as tough as they were in the good ol’ days. Back in the mid-1990s I was ambushed … Continue reading

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Romsey Rollerbillies Rock – and they need our support

Summary A pulsating afternoon of sport on eight wheels with one of Cambridge’s best-kept sporting secrets – a women’s sports club we in Cambridge could be giving far greater support to I’d never been to a roller derby match before – … Continue reading

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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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