Category Archives: Party politics

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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Guest Blogpost – Young people grill Cambridge Councillors at South Area Committee

Cambridge City Council’s South Area Committee meeting tonight (8th December) was encouraging in terms of community involvement, writes Chris Rand of Queen Edith’s Online. Having 20-30 members of the public in attendance was good, but the fact that half of … Continue reading

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“The minister will see you now, Puffles”

Summary Equalities minister Jo Swinson MP comes to Cambridge – waking up the city’s resident dragon fairy in the process. This plus some thoughts on how to make community reporting help pay my bills! Told you! She also had this … Continue reading

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There’s more to unlocking democracy than campaigning alone

Summary Sometimes it takes someone to turn up to events and report from and/or film them. Here are the results: Result in the Queen Edith's by-election: Ahammed (Lab) 790 Bower (Con) 614 Chalfen (Green) 222 Sanders (LD) 933. Viki Sanders duly elected. — CambridgeCityCouncil (@camcitco) … Continue reading

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How might local political parties work with the new generation of community reporters?

Summary Reporting back on the Queen Edith ward hustings at Homerton College, Cambridge. I’ve uploaded an album of videos from the Queen Edith’s ward by-election hustings held at Homerton College on 12 November 2014. That’s quite a lot of videos … Continue reading

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