Who will have the most inspiring future vision for Cambridge & County at the local elections in May 2021?

…and how can parties, activists, campaign groups, and even the local media assist in getting more people involved in the debates, and make it more that just about day-to-day issues (bins & potholes) or things outside of local council’s remit (Brexit, immigration)? This post looks at who has published what that might make for interestingContinue reading “Who will have the most inspiring future vision for Cambridge & County at the local elections in May 2021?”

Six Mile Bottom Newtown east of Cambridge

Some of you may have seen the headlines proposing a new Westley Green on that is to be East of Cambridge. If you get me. 9.7) “New settlements have the benefit of starting from scratch. They allow the core areas to be suitably sized to meet the future anticipated needs and ensure that transport infrastructureContinue reading “Six Mile Bottom Newtown east of Cambridge”

So, how do you finance and build an an adult education college?

I’m trying to find the Twitter post that told me the law is not clear on who has what powers to establish lifelong learning colleges – in particular making capital grants from the state to establish such premises. Actions from elected politicians: To write to the Education Secretary to ask him which minister has policyContinue reading “So, how do you finance and build an an adult education college?”

What the US Impeachment trial can teach the UK about both ministerial accountability and policy evaluation

Two of the brightest rising stars in public policy world have got me thinking about how the country can hold to account those in power, and those that recently wielded it with significant consequences. The first was Dr Alice Lilly, senior researcher at the Institute for Government, and someone qualified to comment with expert insightContinue reading “What the US Impeachment trial can teach the UK about both ministerial accountability and policy evaluation”

What did the Handforth Parish Council reveal about local democracy to those that don’t follow it closely?

And what could or should change as a result? The exchanges at a seemingly anonymous parish council meeting up in Cheshire caught the attention of the social media world outside local democracy politics, and went global, making an internet legend of Jackie Weaver of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, while the Monitoring Officer atContinue reading “What did the Handforth Parish Council reveal about local democracy to those that don’t follow it closely?”

Cambridge Liberal Democrats publish proposals in run up to the re-election of the entire city council due for May 2021

They published their ideas yesterday (03 Feb 2021) You can read their proposals here. Their individual policy ideas are listed as: “Exploring a redevelopment of the Queen Anne Terrace Car Park, primarily for housing Developing an investment programme to refurbish and modernise public toilets, rather than removing them Launching a campaign to promote effective recycling andContinue reading “Cambridge Liberal Democrats publish proposals in run up to the re-election of the entire city council due for May 2021”

Is investing in local histories a more richer seam for political parties than staged flag-placement?

Government telly-interview style guides seem to mandate the presence of a flag behind the politician being interviewed. In the meantime, someone in Labour wants to get in on the act. About an hour and a half ago, this dropped in. You can read the article here – including the official Labour response at the end.Continue reading “Is investing in local histories a more richer seam for political parties than staged flag-placement?”

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner tears into the house-building industry over poor building standards

Mr Zeichner was speaking in the Opposition Day Debate on Protecting tenants and leaseholders from unsafe cladding You can watch Mr Zeichner’s speech here on Parliament TV. From the uncorrected transcript from Hansard, Mr Zeichner said: “For some hours now, we have been hearing accounts of those whose lives have been ruined by an appallingContinue reading “Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner tears into the house-building industry over poor building standards”

Bogs have higher standards than the proposed registry office for Cambridgeshire

But if that’s what the majority Conservative-run County Council thinks the people of Cambridge and Cambridgeshire deserve, that’s their call to defend at the ballot box this year – something that the pandemic has brought along its own set of unique challenges. Residents of Cambridgeshire (and anywhere else across the country for that matter) canContinue reading “Bogs have higher standards than the proposed registry office for Cambridgeshire”

A late starters’ orchestra for adults in Cambridge?

A musical challenge for Cambridge students on the Social Innovation Programme at The Cambridge Hub. They have until the end of March to come up with their proposals. And it all has to be done online. Not easy by any means – but having seen what the students on the Cambridge Hub’s Social Innovation ProgrammeContinue reading “A late starters’ orchestra for adults in Cambridge?”