How can we support local independent businesses when the entire economic and financial system is hot-wired to favour multinationals?

TL:DR – Ministers have had a decade to deal with this. They have chosen not to. Some local Twitterfriends were discussing this shortly after the lockdown. So where is the ethical alternative to Amazon that also can hold its own? I’ve lost track of the various attempts to set up alternatives to Amazon. They allContinue reading “How can we support local independent businesses when the entire economic and financial system is hot-wired to favour multinationals?”

Free school meals campaign catches out Conservative ministers – and reveals more governance issues.

TL:DR – Tories get skewered by an Opposition Day Debate motion on a subject that should really be a local government issue – if only local councils were not subject to such tight restrictions on raising their own revenue independent of ministers. It’s not every day that a top flight footballer in his early 20sContinue reading “Free school meals campaign catches out Conservative ministers – and reveals more governance issues.”

On the proposed busway out of South East Cambridge – plus South Cambridge Rail Station

TL:DR – more consultations. The details for a South East Cambridge busway is here. Older readers may be familiar with the old rail route that once linked Cambridge to Haverhill. Above – from the New Adlestrop pre-Beeching railway map. <<– Click here to get to the latest version of the map to see what weContinue reading “On the proposed busway out of South East Cambridge – plus South Cambridge Rail Station”

The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry – the importance of live-streams

On the importance of the public being able to see senior managers and executives held to account, and why the format of follow-up questions needs to be extended to more areas of politics “How is that even possible?!?” The reaction of one of the fire fighters heading straight towards the towering inferno of Grenfell Tower.Continue reading “The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry – the importance of live-streams”

The case for a North Cambridge Arts Centre

It’s not just that the population size has grown since the opening of The Junction in 1990 following the East Road Riots of the mid-1980s. I’m writing this in the assumption that there will be a solution to the Covid-19 crisis and that the restrictions we’re currently living under will not become the norm inContinue reading “The case for a North Cambridge Arts Centre”

G-Brown converts to localism?

Former Prime Minister calls for a citizens’ convention as a starting point for overhauling the governance of the UK. So why didn’t he bring this in when he was Chancellor or Prime Minister? Some of you may remember G-Brown. Actually, given the past few occupants of 10 Downing Street, Gordon Brown comes out as aContinue reading “G-Brown converts to localism?”

Planning, Art and Placemaking in a rapidly-growing Cambridge

The suggestion came from Cambridge-based architect Tom Foggin. Perhaps we should try and organise a discussion around Planning, Art and Placemaking…? Timely with the Planning White Paper consultation! @RIBACambridge @CFCICambridge @RTPIEastofEng @ACarpenDigital @MsHilaryCox https://t.co/gwmjUdoNOH — Tom Foggin 🏳️‍🌈 (@tfoggin) October 15, 2020 This was in response to a ‘provocation paper’ by the Town and CountryContinue reading “Planning, Art and Placemaking in a rapidly-growing Cambridge”

A Cambridge local history social innovation challenge for university students

One of the features of the local history community in and around Cambridge is the older age profile compared with other communities of interest. This inevitably raises significant challenges when it comes to sustaining that interest and having continuity with future generations – even more so in the face of a decade of austerity inContinue reading “A Cambridge local history social innovation challenge for university students”

When will this be over? Something more of us are asking.

This is what the 20thC world wars must have felt like There are a couple of student mental health nurses I’ve started following in recent weeks as the toll on our collective mental health continues to rise. Some of those cases have inevitably been in Cambridge with a spike announced only a few hours ago.Continue reading “When will this be over? Something more of us are asking.”