Category Archives: Party politics

‘Tory turmoil as ex-council chief quits amid social media firestorm’

Summary A busy day for Cambridge Conservatives  They say 24 hours is a long time in politics. Earlier on, former Conservative councillor & leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Mr Nick Clarke, switched allegiance to UKIP. Around the same time, Cambridge Conservative … Continue reading

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Apps ‘n’ gadgets for community reporting

Summary Some ‘not just for boys toys’ that I’ve become lately obsessed with – useful in the run up to the general election I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages, so here goes. Modern smartphones – powerful things: … Continue reading

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Trying to prioritise in the constraints of not great mental health

Summary Wanting to do everything, but not being able to. The past few weeks have been incredibly intense from a personal perspective. Yet had I had sound mental & physical health, all of this wouldn’t have been out of the ordinary. … Continue reading

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On campaigning charities and political parties

Summary Why the rise of large non-party-political campaigning charities vis-a-vis the shrinking of mainstream political parties leaves me a little uncomfortable Seven environmental-related charities and organisations have got together to organise a London-based hustings. (See here). You’ll be hearing of … Continue reading

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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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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

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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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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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