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Well, thank f–k that horrible month is over

Summary …because emotionally it crushed me. Augusts have a habit of doing this, whether I’m in work or out of work. But this one was on a level the likes I’ve not seen in ages. The biggest blows were probably not … Continue reading

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Diversifying the Liberal Democrats – a once in a generation opportunity?

Summary Will we finally start seeing more women taking more prominent and influential roles for the Liberal Democrats? I’ll start with this video of Jo Swinson, which I filmed in Cambridge when she was a minister at the Department for … Continue reading

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Why is the UK government not pushing for a substantial co-ordinated response to refugees crisis?

Summary It’s like there is an international politics vacuum in the face of a big crisis. So what are our institutions doing? Frances Coppola posted http://www.coppolacomment.com/2015/08/europes-shame.html in which I feel similar. So what are international governments doing in the face of it? … Continue reading

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On life’s great equaliser

Summary On life after Mog – and on dealing with one of life’s final taboos. A sombre day today as we took Mog to the vet to be put to sleep following a short illness. A large stomach tumour and … Continue reading

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Has leisure & entertainment in Cambridge kept pace with the growth of our city?

Summary No. (That’s not to say nothing has happened since the Millennium). I’m writing this shortly after news that demand to see Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Cambridge on Monday has exceeded the capacity of the largest indoor venue in Cambridge. … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn to visit Puffles in Cambridge!

Summary With over 300 1,700 people signed up, can Cambridge Labour Party use this opportunity to get more people involved in local democracy? I chose this headline because Mr Corbyn’s been following Puffles on Twitter for ages. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1638506863062553/ for event details … Continue reading

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Labour leadership, & the migrants crisis

Summary Thoughts on recent news We’ve got another month or so of the Labour leadership campaign to go. Leftwing MP and longtime dragon-fairy-Twitter-follower Jeremy Corbyn has been polling consistently highly so as to worry the Labour establishment. As an outsider, … Continue reading

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Charities paid by the state to deliver public services – lines of accountability

Summary The fallout from Kids Company has led to questions about the role of charities delivering public services My interest in this news item is primarily around public administration rather than frontline service delivery. I’ll try & refrain from commenting … Continue reading

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Local democracy social media – comparing political parties in Cambridge post-2015 elections

Summary Some thoughts following tweets & posts from Labour’s Cllr Carina O’Reilly & Lib Dem former councillor Daisy Benson The Twitter post concerned is as below: @Puffles2010 @IanGManning We publicise our new members events – to new members. If you’re … Continue reading

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Speculating on the Labour leadership contest

Summary No, I don’t have a clue who’s going to win, but… …longtime Puffles’ follower Jeremy Corbyn MP has got the Labour HQ Establishment rattled. Have a watch: Compared to the 2010 contest where Diane Abbott MP was the candidate … Continue reading

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