Category Archives: Party politics

The post-election dust begins to settle

Summary What can we expect from the political parties? I’m not going to be one of those commentators who tries to explain how they predicted the correct general election result when the record shows anything but. I didn’t expect the … Continue reading

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Encouraging women into local democracy – featured examples

Summary Featuring some of the women I filmed & interviewed during the general election campaign 2015. Here’s Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of The Green Party with an appeal to students & young people in Cambridge In terms of student activists: … Continue reading

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Why the battle between Daniel Zeichner & Julian Huppert matters for Cambridge

Summary Some thoughts on what either might be like as MP for Cambridge. The bookies have Julian Huppert of the Liberal Democrats slightly ahead of his rival Daniel Zeichner of Labour. We know what Dr Huppert will be like given the … Continue reading

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Democracy is not a spectator sport – so don’t expect to be spoon-fed.

Summary Some thoughts on the bare minimum people can do in order to cast an informed vote – should any of the candidates impress them. This post is mainly targeted at people in & around Cambridge, but the sentiments apply … Continue reading

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‘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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