Category Archives: Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating

Puffles breathes fire into the Haverhill-Cambridge rail campaign

Summary Crossing the county boundary to sprinkle some dragon-fairy dust to help transport campaigners in Suffolk reconnect with Cambridge – and raising the political temperature too Actually, it was just as much learning as commenting in Haverhill earlier. It was … Continue reading

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A manifesto for Cambridge – my first draft.

Summary My ideas on (electronic) paper Well, this is quite a big deal for me – not least because it’s over 6,000 words of ideas. As a result, I have created a separate section on this blog’s title bar to … Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats’ manifesto for Cambridge 2014

Summary Liberal Democrats playing it safe too – but they are the ones with the record to defend, warts and all Following the publication of Labour’s manifesto for Cambridge – which I looked at here, Cambridge Liberal Democrats have done … Continue reading

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Parkside Coleridge students unlock democracy in Cambridge

Summary Year 9 students achieved by lunchtime what I had failed to achieve in over 2 years of campaigning, as young people show how they can change the cultures of our public institutions My jaw figuratively hit the floor when … Continue reading

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So…should Puffles stand for election in Cambridge?

Summary Decision time is coming up. Should Puffles stand?  This is something that I’ve been asking a few people about ever since the Cambridge News reported on an angry blogpost I wrote regarding engaging with young people, and social media … Continue reading

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EU hustings with the Danes in London – a contrast of political cultures?

Summary Put three UK Euro candidates with three Danish MEP candidates and what do you get? A massive contrast on the centre-right for starters. I went along to the Danish Church (Den Danske Kirke) in London to this small but … Continue reading

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What does the #ITooAmCambridge hashtag say about Cambridge University?

Summary The experiences of students photographed in a new tumblr account feel all too familiar to this local resident – me. The page mentioned above is here. Background Ethnicity is an issue I’m ***really uncomfortable*** blogging about – and talking … Continue reading

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When political issues are reduced to acts of charity

Summary Why do we allow the media to de-politicise very political issues? Because that’s exactly what the BBC’s programme ‘Famous, Rich and Hungry for Sport Relief‘ is. “Why are you against charity you horrible rotten leftie scoundrel?!?!?” For a start, … Continue reading

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Linking Anglia Ruskin students with local communities in Cambridge

Summary (this is a ***long read*** but has lots of links & nuggets of info) Going by the student union election hustings, Anglia students are facing similar issues to local residents in Cambridge. So how can we improve the relationships … Continue reading

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Can former Cambs County Council leader Nick Clarke turn around Cambridge Tories’ fortunes?

Summary What impact will former Cllr Clarke have now that he’s in control of the City’s Conservatives? The article in the Cambridge News is here. I’ll start by stating that I don’t know the inner workings of the local political … Continue reading

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