Category Archives: Housing and transport

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

Cambridge – we need to talk about community & concert venues

Summary Some thoughts following a year of going to lots of venues in and around Cambridge Being a self-styled ‘community cameraman’ means I get to go out and about filming in lots of community venues. This year I’ve been to … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Cambridge, Charities and Big Society, Events I have been to, Housing and transport, Music, Public administration & policy, Sport | 1 Comment

Scrutinising the Greater Cambridge City Deal

Summary Making sure the people of Cambridgeshire get the chance to scrutinise the looming changes to local government in our county It was almost by accident I found out about the meeting – via Twitter Despite another bad night’s sleep … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Cambridge, Charities and Big Society, Employment and job hunting, Housing and transport, Public administration & policy, Social media | 3 Comments

Widening and yet consolidating the debate on the future of Cambridge

Summary There’s lots of stuff going on about the future of Cambridge, but how do we connect them all together, avoid duplication and ensure we get as many people involved as possible? Lots of us took part in the event: … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge, Charities and Big Society, Events I have been to, Housing and transport, Music, Party politics, Public administration & policy, Social media | 1 Comment

An unscheduled tour of The Fens

Summary After getting up at 5:45am & only realising I had got the CommsCamp14 conference day a week early when the train left Ely (north of Cambridge), I decided to go on a mini tour…starting with Peterborough @Puffles2010 Heya, well … Continue reading

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Improving local government in the context of Trojan Horse story

Summary Looking at some bigger picture issues on a news item that has engulfed Westminster – and examining the principles of some local government roots Part 1 – Education Both the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary made statements to … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge, Education, training and exams, Housing and transport, Law and legal issues, Party politics, Public administration & policy | 2 Comments

By failing to deal with the housing crisis…

…are politicians undermining the ‘hard working families’ and ‘big society’ that they claim to be acting in the interests of? Yes. Next. This applies nationwide – not just to Cambridge, although I’m writing this in the context of a Cambridge … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge, Housing and transport, Law and legal issues, Party politics, Public administration & policy | 6 Comments

Puffles looks at trains again

Summary Musings on maps – of the railway kind. And following the wanderings of my mind. This blogpost started off from reading an article about Blackpool – see it here. There’s one thing that troubles me not just about Blackpool … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Data, science and statistics, Employment and job hunting, Housing and transport, Party politics | 6 Comments

The autumn statement

Summary More political tactics than radical strategy and long-term vision as Osborne and Balls crossed swords I never find these parliamentary statements particularly pleasant viewing. Too much testosterone-fuelled willy-waving and point-scoring for my liking. Statistical spin on the National Infrastructure … Continue reading

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Money doesn’t lie to itself

Summary Even some of the financial press are saying the current economic & political system is unsustainable. But can ‘the left’ take the pendulum swinging back its way for granted? I read Allister Heath’s article on big business and public … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Cambridge, Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating, Charities and Big Society, Housing and transport, Law and legal issues, Party politics, Public administration & policy, Social media | 1 Comment