“Who killed the study of public administration in the UK?” Good question.

As Prof Colin Talbot states in his article for the London School of Economic & Political Sciences (LSE), the UK once had a thriving ecosystem of practical and academic research into the functioning of public institutions. Yet today both academia and the wider public lack a basic general knowledge of public administration in the UKContinue reading ““Who killed the study of public administration in the UK?” Good question.”

What can past Cambridge town planning documents tell us about the future?

TL:DR – Quite a lot – and not least they can inform us of what questions to ask next time around. Which is now. It seems like there’s a new consultation for something every other day in and around Cambridge at the moment. In part this is reflected by the fragmentation of local governance whichContinue reading “What can past Cambridge town planning documents tell us about the future?”

Fighting the emptiness with the shutdown of group activities

With the present Government making a big deal of three-word-slogans, ministerial urges for the masses to spend and build are not compensating for the void left behind by the closure of social activities and the venues that host them. Above – me after eight years with mental exhaustion. Sleep never brings rest. I’m struggling toContinue reading “Fighting the emptiness with the shutdown of group activities”

How do you solve the bridge-related problems with Mill Road?

TL:DR – I don’t know either, but the problems facing people in the neighbourhood are intrinsically linked to a whole host of other things happening in and around Cambridge. If you want the very long history going back 200 years, I recommend going to the pages of the Mill Road History Society. The much shorterContinue reading “How do you solve the bridge-related problems with Mill Road?”

After five months of Lockdown

…and our inability to do anything about it on the back of a policy vacuum in Whitehall Of the many things that have struck me about the political response to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the difference between ministerial support for things that involve primarily spending money vs ones that involve dealing with the social andContinue reading “After five months of Lockdown”

The Owl and the Dragon Fairy

I will get my head around the settings on this. Too much sleepfail of late. Anyway, welcome to my new blog – a Cambridge town-based blog of Antony Carpen, local historian researching the past couple of hundred years of Cambridge’s history – that of the town rather than the University of Cambridge & its colleges.Continue reading “The Owl and the Dragon Fairy”