Category Archives: Law and legal issues

The Scottish independence referendum debate comes to Cambridge

Summary From one political gathering to another in the same evening – what I learnt from four male Scots sparring on independence The first thing I was asked as I wandered towards the doors of the Cambridge Union building was: … Continue reading

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Vice-president of the European Commission visits Puffles (or rather Cambridge University)

Summary A speech clearly targeted at an audience outside the room, but what was it like inside? It’s not every day that the Vice-president of the European Commission rocks up to your home town, so me and Puffles popped round … Continue reading

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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

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So you’ve registered with @BiteTheBallot … then what?

Summary Voter registration campaigns have got to do more than just encourage people to register and vote. Here’s some things that they might want to do. [Updated 3 Feb 2014 to add] Bite The Ballot got in touch with Puffles … Continue reading

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#VoteCamp at UKGovCamp 2014

Summary Picking up who said what at Sharon and James’ workshop number 1 at City Hall Sharon blogged about this here. There’s also a new campaign called Bite the ballot – see here. Also Anthony from DemSoc talked about ‘voting plus’ … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Business economics and finance, Employment and job hunting, Housing and transport, Law and legal issues, Party politics, Public administration & policy | 1 Comment

Linking today’s mess with economics, law, politics and finance

Summary Breaking out of the subject silos to work out how we got to here This is a blogpost – or one of a series, that Frances Coppola challenged me to write. It followed some exchanges we’d had over the … Continue reading

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When did the law morph from being the upholder of civil rights to the oppressor of them?

Summary Some thoughts on civil rights in a wider historical context You know me – I love my history. I’m also fascinated by the failure of human beings as a collective to learn from our past. It’s one of the … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to the heroes?

Summary A look back at the 1960s – a time of great global social change This blogpost also stops me from drunkenly ranting about my frustrations at the recent council meeting I went to. Sober up, calm down and then … Continue reading

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Is the Prince of Wales onto something with his new initiative?

Summary Amid the wave of publicity, could the impact of a number of initiatives (this being the latest) to re-engage young people in politics and civic society have far more radical impacts than establishment figures realise? (If so, good). The … Continue reading

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