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On mental health – again

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 923 views

Summary On finding out that you’re not alone, and a big moan about politics too We’re losing too many good people because of our society’s failure to help people facing mental health challenges. There seems to be a pattern here…

The Budget and the politics of noise

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 897 views

Summary A very politicised budget with little mention of young people’s interest, as the noise from the Commons chamber drowns out the politics of hope …which is how I felt at the end of the exchanges yesterday. The ill-judged online…

Digital democracy – beyond the ballot box

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,646 views

Summary A challenge for Cambridge – and perhaps where you live as well. With local civic society structures broken, its systems obsolete and its content though important, discussed in a very frustrating manner, something must be done. But what, and…

What do we want from MPs?

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 824 views

Summary Some thought following Tessa Munt MP’s call for MPs to have job descriptions – and a call for your comments/views Tessa Munt MP wrote her article for the Daily Mirror Newspaper – see here. For those not aware, Tessa is a…

The political left go conferencing

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 912 views

Summary Some thoughts from a day of event clashes. At times it felt like every other protest group or organisation was having a gathering today – meaning that for activists, the challenge was deciding which one to go to. There…

Are organisations hotwired to look towards central government?

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 733 views

Summary Does the existing policy-making process mean that the public shout from afar at politicians, while wealthy and/or connected interests butter them up out of sight? Quite an inflammatory summary, isn’t it? Deliberately so. The stop-start nature of policy-making in…

So we've raised awareness about mental health, what's next?

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 560 views

Summary I’m hearing a lot of noise, but not seeing much action on healthcare delivery As I mentioned earlier this year, recovery from my mental health crisis seems a long way away. Little seems to have changed health-wise. Being trapped by…

From the archive: How can Parliament embrace digital democracy?

Puffles / August 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM 1,239 views

Summary Some thoughts on John Bercow’s speech covered in a Guardian article The article is here, and The Speaker’s speech (interestingly hosted on the Gov.UK rather than Parliament.uk site) is here. Definitions and concepts In the article’s short introduction, it…