Author Archives: adragonsbestfriend

Tabled question to Cambridgeshire County Council

I have a tabled public question to Cambridgeshire County Council due for spoken answer at their full council meeting on 16 February 2016 at Shire Hall, Cambridge. It is as follows: “The Severn Place Development received planning approval on 03 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

UKGovCamp 2016

Summary Thoughts on my fifth unConference with some of the best talent in and around the UK’s digital public services. I’m zombied out as I type this having followed UKGovCamp with a rehearsal with the Dowsing Sound Collective for our … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

When residents start scrutinising videos of public meetings

Summary A growing trend in Cambridge as debate on the city deal hots up I was asked to go along to film a big gathering of the Milton Road Residents’ Association (which, upon nearly 200 people turning up got me … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Do ministers ever face detailed policy scrutiny?

Summary Why the current set up of ministerial accountability to Parliament doesn’t feel like MPs are able to influence policy in the eyes of the public For those of you who are into public policy research, have a look at … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What will you do that’s new in 2016?

Summary Thoughts and links for a new year in and around Cambridge If you’ve not seen it already, have a look through https://www.cambridgeshire.net/ It’s easy to forget just how active our city is. Come along to ‘Volunteer for Cambridge’ where around … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

My social media stars of 2015

Summary A few names with reasons who have made 2015 bearable Whitehall and Westminster As mentioned in video review of the year, the general election dominated the first five months of the year – and the result will linger on for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2015 – thank you for the music

Summary: A review of the year …because let’s face it, it’s been a bit crap for lots of us – and I’m not just talking about the general election result either. That, or from the vantage point through the lens … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mindweasels, Paris climate talks, and Euro2016

Summary On events at home and abroad I had a lot of people looking out for me on Saturday night – the first time I had properly gone out and stayed out till stupid o’clock since…this time last year. And … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘Bringing mental health out of the shadows’

Summary Parliament are debating mental health, but why am I not feeling the difference on the ground? The debate in Parliament is at http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/66466a3d-8ceb-43ce-9018-cbd0655338a7?in=12:49:15 South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen’s contribution is at http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/66466a3d-8ceb-43ce-9018-cbd0655338a7?in=15:07:25 Labour MP Angela Rayner’s contribution covered the economic drivers … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Oldham West/Royton by-election

Summary Some thoughts on the media getting things wrong, and risks of Labour drawing the wrong conclusions too The official result is from Oldham Council at http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200960/oldham_west_and_royton_parliamentary_by-election_results I can’t think of any media commentator or pundit who called this by-election right. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment