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Why the battle between Daniel Zeichner & Julian Huppert matters for Cambridge

Summary Some thoughts on what either might be like as MP for Cambridge. The bookies have Julian Huppert of the Liberal Democrats slightly ahead of his rival Daniel Zeichner of Labour. We know what Dr Huppert will be like given the … Continue reading

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It’s the students & young people that are making this election campaign interesting

Summary The mainstream party operations have delivered us nothing but a yawn-fest. So it’s great to see students and young people bypassing the sterile zones around big name politicians and taking seizing their destiny with their own hands. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Democracy is not a spectator sport – so don’t expect to be spoon-fed.

Summary Some thoughts on the bare minimum people can do in order to cast an informed vote – should any of the candidates impress them. This post is mainly targeted at people in & around Cambridge, but the sentiments apply … Continue reading

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Now that the public debates are over…into the final week of campaigning

In Cambridge we had the best part of 30 hustings and public debates in the run up to the 2015 general election. That’s not counting the events for the constituencies of South Cambridgeshire and South-East Cambridgeshire. I’ve been to many … Continue reading

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Will the 2015 general election mark a low point in national politics?

Summary Pondering on the wider national campaigns – and the woefully poor mainstream media coverage Because what else is there to do at 2am than write a politics blogpost and drink port to slay the insomnia demons? I was at … Continue reading

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Filming the Cambridge 2015 elections

Summary Observations so far For those of you outside of Cambridge, this 20-minute exchange on BBC-East covers a general exchange between the five party candidates. I am also adding videos from the election campaign to my Cambridge general election 2015 playlist … Continue reading

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‘Tory turmoil as ex-council chief quits amid social media firestorm’

Summary A busy day for Cambridge Conservatives  They say 24 hours is a long time in politics. Earlier on, former Conservative councillor & leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Mr Nick Clarke, switched allegiance to UKIP. Around the same time, Cambridge Conservative … Continue reading

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And…they’re off! The race to get elected begins!

Summary Let’s not forget that in Cambridgeshire, we have local council elections too! The candidates have been announced: Cambridge City South Cambridgeshire East Cambridgeshire Fenland Huntingdonshire And….the lack of consistency across the election pages is farcical. As is the lack … Continue reading

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Making a film about the general election campaigns in Cambridge – want to get involved?

Summary Can we crowd-source support for a documentary on the Cambridge election campaigns?  I was discussing this idea earlier this week with Claire Meade, having pondered what to do with the increasing amounts of video footage I’m collecting during this … Continue reading

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One day like this a year…

Summary The cost of a bus ticket: £4.10. Entrance to the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Free. Outselling some of the big-name bands from the mid-1990s that I saw at the Corn Exchange: Priceless. The Dowsing Sound Collective don’t make beers… Oh, … Continue reading

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