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Natalie Bennett struggles in the media again – a problem of style or substance – or both?

Summary Thoughts on Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett’s recent interviews, and a recent piece by Liberal Democrats’ president Baroness Sal Brinton on a visit to Cambridge recently. The detail via The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman (who in the grand scheme of … Continue reading

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Love with a ‘broken mind’

Summary This ‘bah humbug’ style post follows from another article by Fleetstreetfox and from half a dozen conversations I’ve had with friends around the Mill Road part of town, as well as online. Foxy’s article is here. You may also … Continue reading

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Stopping on rollerskates

Summary Week 2 of training with the brilliant Romsey Rollerbillies If you scroll to the last five seconds of the video below, you’ll see an expert’s example of how to stop on rollerskates in style I signed up for the … Continue reading

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The Greens may be surging, but the next bit could be tricky for them

Summary The challenges of rapid expansion in a short space of time At the end of my civil service career I went through the opposite – the largescale downsizing of an organisation numbered in the thousands. The Green Party judging … Continue reading

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Greater Cambridge Assembly meets for the first time…

Summary …but do the people of Cambridge know it even exists, let alone know how to influence it? Here’s a pano-pic I took at the start of the meeting …having made my way via bus from Cambridge to Cambourne, a … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Cambridge, Charities and Big Society, Housing and transport, Party politics, Public administration & policy | 4 Comments

Five months of mainstream media election coverage

Summary …and even the politics obsessives like me find this a depressing scenario Matt Frei of Channel 4 News is spot on at 4m37s …and then goes for the jugular at 5m00s An utterly depressing political exchange which felt like … Continue reading

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What impact can you have in the May 2015 elections?

Summary Some thoughts on how you can take part in this year’s elections – even if you are not a supporter/member of a political party, do not have the vote or don’t rate the candidates standing in your area The basics … Continue reading

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My personas of the year for 2014

Summary Foxy has hers below,  …and here are mine [My personal] Hero of 2014 Without doubt and by an effing country mile… Andrea Cockerton of the Dowsing Sound Collective Here’s a glimpse why… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmgyQdOlBO8 …and that’s just the fundraising. Her … Continue reading

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Community conversations in the run up to the 2015 general election?

Summary How can local political parties make themselves available for face-to-face conversations with voters, potential supporters and fellow activists beyond door-to-door canvassing and organised hustings? This post stems from a number of conversations I’ve had with activists of various political … Continue reading

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Community reporting in 2015 – could you give it a go?

Summary …including new apps, new tools, and encouraging more people to try it out themselves 2014 was an eventful year for me as far as learning new things and doing things for the first time was concerned. Standing for election … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating, Education, training and exams, Social media | 2 Comments