What lessons can Mayor Dr Nik Johnson take from his predecessor’s record?

New Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson, pictured with the Labour candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner 2021, Ms Nicky Massey. Photo: Keith Heppell Editor John Elworthy of the Cambs Times reminded us of the first 100 days of Mr Palmer’s record. As the first ‘Metro Mayor’ for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Mr PalmerContinue reading “What lessons can Mayor Dr Nik Johnson take from his predecessor’s record?”

The broadcast media narrative of the crumbling ‘red wall’ has missed the rise of The Greens, & Co-operative Metro Mayors

As a result, there are too many holes in their analysis of what’s going on – which bodes ill for our democratic institutions & structures – which need overhauling & strengthening anyway I dare say that most people don’t really know much about the Co-op other than its convenience food stores that seem to beContinue reading “The broadcast media narrative of the crumbling ‘red wall’ has missed the rise of The Greens, & Co-operative Metro Mayors”

Political earthquake shakes Cambridgeshire to its core

Map Image – Cambridgeshire County Council The Cambridgeshire Conservatives are sent reeling from their loss of political control of Cambridgeshire County Council, and the defeat of Mayor James Palmer to Labour’s Dr Nik Johnson – and almost lost the election for the next Police and Crime Commissioner. I refrained from publicly backing any specific candidatesContinue reading “Political earthquake shakes Cambridgeshire to its core”

What are your minimum expectations of political parties and candidates standing for election in your neighbourhood?

Several of you got me thinking after reporting that you had not received any election material from candidates and parties standing for public office where you live These are just four of them – there are many more. Before continuing, there are three very important things to account for with the 2021 Local Elections. TheContinue reading “What are your minimum expectations of political parties and candidates standing for election in your neighbourhood?”

“I already have a job… getting through the day”

“The report by Chronic Illness Inclusion and Leeds University Business School sets out how government, employers and the benefits system are failing millions of people in the UK with Energy Limiting Chronic Illnesses – (ELCIs).” For those of you wondering what ELCIs are, see this explainer. Some of you may also be interested in theContinue reading ““I already have a job… getting through the day””

Why didn’t Cambridge Conservatives produce a manifesto for the local elections 2021?

Given that over 8,000 people voted for the party in the 2019 General Election, even their core voters deserve to know the basic thinking from the once mighty and all-conquering Cambridge Conservative Association. In the years that followed WWII, the Cambridge Conservative Association continued its control of Cambridge Borough Council, as the chart by KeithContinue reading “Why didn’t Cambridge Conservatives produce a manifesto for the local elections 2021?”

E-Scooter firm running Cambridge pilot cross-examined by CamCycle Members

…which included me. You can watch the video here. The Cambridge Cycling Campaign is one of a number of local campaign groups seeking to improve transport in and around our city. I am a member. As well as joining the cycling campaign you can also join any of these: Cambridge Area Bus Users Group CambridgeContinue reading “E-Scooter firm running Cambridge pilot cross-examined by CamCycle Members”

Local Democracy is too important to leave to the politicians

That means civic society and the rest of us stepping forward to help facilitate some essential actions that all too often are missed. The one huge gaping hole in our political system is with organised public debates between competing candidates: There is no recognised authority or organisation responsible for ensuring every contested election has aContinue reading “Local Democracy is too important to leave to the politicians”

My Cambridge 2050 – following post-Covid19

The Century-long Victoria County Histories Project has challenged anyone interested in their local history to write a vision for what their village/town/city might be like in 2050. Some of you may also be interested in the History Policy event Levelling up: Histories, Cultures, Challenges on 17 May at 5;30pm online. See also the British AssociationContinue reading “My Cambridge 2050 – following post-Covid19”

How does the city of Cambridge persuade expert researchers engage in local democracy and the future of Cambridge?

…and how can we ensure that the discussions with local residents happen all year round rather than just at election time? This stems from this post: …and this post by CambsLive Journalist Alya Zayed. “Something must be done about engagement!” Ms Zayed is quite right on both counts in her final post. Firstly, being aContinue reading “How does the city of Cambridge persuade expert researchers engage in local democracy and the future of Cambridge?”