Monthly Archives: November 2012

Social and digital media strategies for public sector

Summary Some ponderings and questions on what should – and should not be in these documents which will soon be mandatory for all Whitehall departments. I should declare an interest first in that I’m working on a commission for one … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Public administration & policy, Social media, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I’d like to teach the world to sing

Summary A random list of stuff I’d like to do, see or experience – because it’s not as if I’m going to be able to afford a house or car in the near future I’ve been pondering a moany post … Continue reading

Posted in Fluffy topics, Music | 2 Comments

Chasing the digital wave, or chasing structural feedback loops?

Summary A few observations following an event I went to at Parliament Week   I pootled along to Parliament this week for the “Chasing the digital wave” debate – looking at some lessons learned from recent general elections. Mark Pack, … Continue reading

Posted in Charities and Big Society, Party politics, Public administration & policy | 1 Comment

Parliamentary reports on select committees and the civil service

Summary: Who said what There have been a couple of interesting (if you’re a parliament and civil service watcher) reports published of late. One on the resources, powers and effectiveness of select committees, [Not enough, not enough and not nearly … Continue reading

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100 years of Cambridge Labour Party

Summary Puffles’ first book launch – where I learnt lots of things about the history of my childhood neighbourhood too! First of all a big ****Thank you**** to Richard Johnson – one of the co-authors (the other being Ashley Walsh), … Continue reading

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Home Secretary, on these ballot papers they are really spoiling us!

Summary On the shambles that was the Police and Crime Commissioner elections I can’t say the earth moved for me in this election campaign. Looking at the horrifically low voter turnout and the number of deliberately spoilt ballot papers – … Continue reading

Posted in Party politics | 4 Comments

Three lords and a dragon fairy

Summary Puffles meets “God” – and makes him smile! No, not that one, the civil service one – Gus O’Donnell (who as you can imagine when he was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service we called “GOD”). He now … Continue reading

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Cambridge & South Cambs voluntary sector come under Puffles’ microscope

Summary Some thoughts following the Cambridge CVS Annual General Meeting for 2012 I took Puffles along to the AGM of the local council for voluntary service – so for my neck of the woods, that’s Cambridge and the surrounding region … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge, Charities and Big Society, Education, training and exams, Puffles, Social media | 3 Comments

Multinationals, franchises, the superwealthy and tax avoidance

Summary Should we be surprised about attitudes towards global tax avoidance when those at the top of firms do not live in communities their frontline outlets are in? Three multinationals found themselves hauled in front of the Public Accounts Committee … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Party politics, Public administration & policy | 3 Comments

“You there! Terrorist! Remove that webpage of mass destruction!”

Summary Why there’s more to the arrest of the person who uploaded that snap of a burning poppy than ‘poppy fascism’ A number of Puffles’ followers have been up in arms over the arrest of a person who uploaded a … Continue reading

Posted in Law and legal issues, Social media | 1 Comment