- Do the scuffles between mainstream media & some protesters in Manchester reveal a deeper divide?
- Cambridge’s street communities on complex local public services
- Are Conservative ministers playing ‘party politics’ with national security over Jeremy Corbyn?
- Mark Thomas visits Cambridge, talking about the privatisation of public spaces
- Was I watching the same John McDonnell speech as the mainstream media?
- RT @Metatone2: @Puffles2010 I'm much less optimistic. Existing budget cut commitments mean infrastructure role is likely more talk than act… 1 hour ago
- RT @HilaryComms: I agree with @davebriggs To me, it's about accessibility and transparency for people who need or want our services. https… 1 hour ago
- ...& also unlike many other Conservative MPs, Adonis as a cross-bencher will be in a much better position to be firm over disagreements. 1 hour ago
- Smart move by Osborne, but Adonis wouldn't have taken on this post unless it could deliver something substantial. Could become v influential 1 hour ago
- Puffles (*notes*) there is precedent for parties in power to appoint politicians from other parties to lead 'taskforces' - re Adonis. 1 hour ago
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Monthly Archives: May 2012
Summary I’m underemployed. There. I said it. And I hate it. And I’m not the only one. It’s one of the reasons why I laugh in the face of so-called unemployment statistics. People like me don’t show on them. A … Continue reading
Summary Some thoughts about special advisers Guardian leader writer, former special adviser and dragon-fairy-watcher Tom Clark commented that “Adam Smith was too special an adviser to overstep the mark”. Smith’s testimony and body language spoke volumes – as did the testimony … Continue reading
Summary Some thoughts following the House of Lords Constitution Committee’s evidence session with three Commons Select Committee chairpersons. It’s an hour-and-a-half long session, but Whitehall and civil service watchers should have a listen to the evidence session – even if … Continue reading
Summary It’s not looking good for adult education and lifelong learning. “Just one in 10 people aged 24 and over would definitely undertake a further education course at college if controversial plans to charge student loans are brought in, according … Continue reading
Summary More on the crisis of politics – is it about the schools? Twitter was jumping up and down this weekend about how Ed Miliband had higher approval ratings than David Cameron. If you’re a Labour supporter, so far, so … Continue reading
Summary Musings on recent attacks on the civil service Over the past few days there have been several headlines and articles about conflict at the top of Government. The difference between the recent spats and previous ones is that the … Continue reading
Summary: Further thoughts on a big idea of mine. Some of you will be familiar with this from my post Bringing Cambridge Together. Since then, the local elections have happened and a number of seats have changed hands. It also … Continue reading
Summary How will the Tories and Lib Dems make a clean break? The kicking in the polls the governing parties took at the local government elections in May 2012 made things more than a little awkward for messrs Clegg and … Continue reading