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Local democracy social media – comparing political parties in Cambridge post-2015 elections

Summary Some thoughts following tweets & posts from Labour’s Cllr Carina O’Reilly & Lib Dem former councillor Daisy Benson The Twitter post concerned is as below: @Puffles2010 @IanGManning We publicise our new members events – to new members. If you’re … Continue reading

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Speculating on the Labour leadership contest

Summary No, I don’t have a clue who’s going to win, but… …longtime Puffles’ follower Jeremy Corbyn MP has got the Labour HQ Establishment rattled. Have a watch: Compared to the 2010 contest where Diane Abbott MP was the candidate … Continue reading

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…And the doctor said…

Summary Following last Monday’s appointment…which felt all too rushed. Blood tests first – which I managed to get done on the same rainy day in which most of the people down Mill Road seemed to be drunk. So much for … Continue reading

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My mental health issues – an update

Summary Following a difficult past week… Small mercies for far fewer tweets from Puffles – and sleeping through George Osborne’s budget (which even the IFS said disproportionately impacted on the poor. Their full analysis is at http://www.ifs.org.uk/tools_and_resources/budget/505). My parents have returned … Continue reading

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A new political party arrives in Cambridge – Women’s Equality Party

Summary Reporting from the first gathering in Cambridge of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP), and also from The Green Party’s summer gathering I was with both the Cambridge branch of the WEP and with the Cambridge Green Party today – ***thank … Continue reading

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On filming local democracy & local music – some interesting similarities

Summary What I’m learning from featuring women in both local music and democracy – with some interesting questions too In the run up to the 2015 general election I very deliberately focused my filming efforts on party activists who broke … Continue reading

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Going beyond ‘set up and record’ with community video – overcoming recurring problems

Summary Some thoughts following several months of regular filming out and about – in particular overcoming recurring challenges One of my favourite local artists, Melody Causton, headlined a relaxed evening of acoustic music alongside one of the first musicians I … Continue reading

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Democracy in action – Cambridge style

Summary A by-election in the People’s Republic of Romsey (it says so on the t-shirts) along with a citizens’ revolt over library business plans Told you. I was the only independent face (ie outside of any political party and not … Continue reading

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Weak political and media responses in the face of very serious global problems

Summary Some thoughts on global and historical perspectives all too often overlooked in mainstream news reporting – and also in UK policy making. I awoke from my slumber to find Defra minister George Eustice MP being cross examined by Andrew … Continue reading

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Ballots, protest marches and ‘doing democracy’

Summary Unpicking who is saying what on protest marches and elections – and why democracy encompasses far more A number of friends and social media followers went on the march in London earlier. Poor health (in particular hay fever & … Continue reading

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