Testing radical policy platforms at the local government ballot box

We saw headlines about a four day week today – but how to politicians and parties go beyond single headline-grabbing slogans and towards a set of co-ordinated policies in an interlinked manifesto? And what do community groups and civic society organisations need to start doing now to organise public debates & hustings, whether offline orContinue reading “Testing radical policy platforms at the local government ballot box”

Extending the Local Democracy Reporting Service to cover reporting trials at court

I picked up this case from Katie Ridley of ITV Anglia What could have been a standard byline/paragraph of a local news story ( “Woman prosecuted for head-butting window”) ended up being something far more serious – a three year prison sentence. I hope the perpetrator gets the mental health support she needs, and thatContinue reading “Extending the Local Democracy Reporting Service to cover reporting trials at court”

On educating adults – colleges for older learners?

This arrived recently Which I’ve digitised here – and reminds me, I need to stop spending so much on old books and pamphlets! (I’ve just ordered two more books so as to follow this blogpost up). Out of all of the places I’ve studied since the age of 18, I can’t think of a singleContinue reading “On educating adults – colleges for older learners?”

The sun rises at the end of a long dark night in politics

…but it’s still a long and bumpy road before we’re all bathed in daylight. Oh – and Boris is in trouble. This is what the election result meant. This is a victory for everyone who has been victimised by Trump. The harsh reality of his presidency: the Muslim ban, #BLM, women’s rights, children caged onContinue reading “The sun rises at the end of a long dark night in politics”

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”