Before the results – some observations from the 2017 General Election

I love elections. While I might have complained when I first heard that Theresa May was taking the country to the polls, it wasn’t long before I found myself getting stuck in campaigning in my local community, and implementing our (hastily assembled) election plans at work. Who knows what will happen on Thursday evening, but before the …

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Why campaigning charities shouldn’t leave the pitch during the election

There are lots of article going around at the moment that suggests that campaigning charities should just walk off the pitch during the election campaign. From weekly articles suggesting that the lobbying act is stopping charities speaking out – the latest here which suggest that some social care charities have felt they couldn’t speak out …

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When newspapers start to campaign – The Times Cities for Cycling

The email from my father this weekend started like this; Thomas, Can I bring your attention to The Times Cities for Cycling Campaign which is trying to make a real push to improve the cyclists lot and safety particularly in our cities but not exclusively. There are already some top people signed up to it (most …

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O.A.Ps = Overlooked Activist Potential

Older people are an often overlooked but vital group of activists so it’s great to see the Sheila McKechnie Foundation launch the ‘Take Action’ award supported by Age UK to ‘recognise and encourage older campaigners who are aged 60 or over who campaign about issues that matter to them’. In my own work, I’ve often …

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Age of Stupid

Age of Stupid is a new documentary film about climate change that went on general release this week. The film was crowd-funded by over 200 people and stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man who ask ‘why didn’t we stop climate change when there was still time?’. At the heart of the film is a call …

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Upcoming Events

Some upcoming events that might be of interest. Thursday 19th Feb – 5pm Make Poverty History: Political Communication in Action Book launch and debate at City University, London – more here Saturday 28 Feb 6 Billions Ways – Making Another World Possible London – more here Saturday 28 Feb – 10am Labour 2.0 – campaigning …

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