Friday, March 25, 2011


Motorcyclist injured in A14 crash

Published in the Cambridge News: 25/03/2011 18:54 - Updated: 25/03/2011 19:00

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sorry Ed, Out of the Country

I must miss this event with Ed Balls. Pity.

Monday, March 21, 2011

London Leads New York (and the World)

The 9th edition of Global Financial Centres Index shows London has continued to keep the top spot as the world’s leading financial centre.

Although six points behind – which is a whisker in these surveys – New York is in still in contention followed by Hong Kong and then Singapore.

Financial services employ a million people in the UK, with a further 900,000 in related professional services. Two thirds of the employees work outside London. The sector makes a trade surplus for our country of £40 billion… it is, as 1066 and All That would say, “A good thing”.

That 1931 Feeling by Lord Lexden

A super bit of blogging on the Alternative Vote by the Conservative Party's official historian - Lord Lexden - who had the foresight/misfortune to employ me in the Research Department back in 1990.

He asked me to write the Politics Today pamphlet on proportional representation, it was my first venture, and he deserved a peerage just for editing my first draft.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Freedom of Speech

Taken from the English Bill of Rights (1689):

Freedom of Speech.

That the Freedome of Speech and Debates or Proceedings in Parlyament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any Court or Place out of Parlyament.

Watch this debate about the 'aggressive apparatchiks of the state' trying to stop people contacting their MPs to gain a redress of grievances. (Very grateful acknowledgement to this blog).

Saturday, March 19, 2011


...two cars crashed on the westbound A14. The accident happened just after 4pm Friday near the Girton interchange. Police said nobody was injured.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A14 Again...

"Road clear after A14 chaos".

Drivers faced lengthy delays after a crash on the A14...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CAMRA - 40 Years Old Today!

"Today is the day when the Campaign for Real Ale celebrates its 40th birthday, and we hope you will raise a glass of good beer in celebration of this landmark!"


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Who's Afraid of the EU?

Open Europe reports,

In a debate in the Commons yesterday, when asked about EU Foreign Minister Baroness Ashton’s strong stance against a no-fly zone despite UK support for it, David Cameron blamed one of Ashton’s aides for giving a "rogue briefing".

Well... "Baroness Ashton of Upholland will use the values that led her to help to run the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in her new role as Europe’s foreign minister," reported The Times. It went on about her being,"proud of her background as its treasurer at the height of the Cold War."

So, when the future of the free world was at stake, the policy of our now foreign policy chief was to disarm... As said in Aliens, "What the hell are we supposed to use man? Harsh language?"

A Clear Libyan Policy from the Past

When library images of Blair embracing Gaddafi were shown, Lady Thatcher declared, passionately: "I never hugged him, I bombed him."

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Personal Responsibility"

Chris Howell uses those two words to good effect.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cambridge University - Top of UK but not World

From today's Cambridge News... "Cambridge is the most highly regarded UK university in the world, according to new research. The prestigious institution came third in a table ranking universities exclusively on their reputation among academics worldwide. The UK had two institutions in the top 10 - along with Cambridge, Oxford university was placed sixth."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nanny Nonsense on Cigarettes

The Health Secretary should tell his ministry to stick to the big picture, the plan to reform the NHS, and stop fretting about the little ones on packs of cigarettes.

Headlines like, “Plain packets' law to strip cigarettes of their glamour”, are just infuriating. The people who buy cigarettes now are not the ones in the 1920s with only a dim awareness that they might not be good for you. We have had years of school-based information, public information campaigns on TV and radio (and no product advertising), and lectures by doctors and politicians to tell us it’s just not a good thing to smoke.

If people want to buy cigarettes these days it is not because they were inspired by the pictures on the packets.

I don’t smoke. I like those two words: “personal responsibility”. They sound much better than “nanny”, don’t they?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Message from Camfed

Dear Richard,

Today, join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, which highlights women around the world who are achieving amazing things. In honour of this special day, I'd like to introduce you to one of them.

Penelope Machipi comes from a poor village in Zambia. By age 12, she had lost everything – her parents, her home, and her opportunity for an education. She was forced to drop out of school to help support her siblings.

But donors like you helped Penelope transform her life. She received a Camfed scholarship and graduated from secondary school. Today, she's an IT expert who teaches computer skills to girls and young women in her rural community.
“When we stand together, we can make a difference,” she says.

Penelope is making a difference not only as a role model and teacher. She's also a filmmaker, leading a group of women who make films about some of the most challenging issues in their community.

Today, we're proud to announce the premiere of their new film, “Hidden Truth.” An intimate portrayal of the effects of domestic violence on women and children in rural Zambia, the film is breaking silence within communities and sparking unprecedented dialogue for change. Watch an excerpt of the film here.

On this International Women's Day, let's stand together with Penelope and take action. As her story proves, when you educate a girl, you not only change her life, you change the lives of her family, her community and future generations.
Get involved by visiting and sharing this email with friends and family.

Thank you so much for your support.
Warm regards,

Ann Cotton, OBE
Executive Director, Camfed International

Monday, March 7, 2011

Cameron's Post-Conference Letter

Dear Richard,

I'm in Cardiff this weekend with three clear messages for the party. One: thank you for everything you've done. We're in government delivering Conservative pledges - from bringing some sense to our public finances to dismantling Labour's nanny state. This wouldn't have happened without the constant work of activists up and down the country over this past year. So thank you.

Two: get ready because we've got some big elections coming up - council elections, Welsh Assembly elections, Scottish Parliament elections and of course, the AV referendum. AV is fundamentally unfair - it makes politics and politicians less accountable and it means some people's votes can count more than others. We've got to get out there, take these arguments to the country and urge them to vote no to AV.

The third message is to do with our economy. In just over two weeks, we're going to unveil the most pro-enterprise, pro-business Budget for a generation. It's going to be a no-nonsense, roll-our-sleeves up Budget in which we do everything we can to make it easier for businesses to grow, invest and take people on.

Make no mistake, I am an enterprise Prime Minister. Every summit I go to, every trip I make, every foreign leader I meet, I'm trying to drum up new trade or business for Britain. I know some people don't like me doing that. But do these critics think the Germans and the French and the Americans are all sitting at home waiting for business to fall on to their lap? Of course not. They're getting out there, and so am I.

This is an enterprise government too. Everywhere we can we're breaking down the barriers to business growth - cutting corporation tax, gripping regulation, bringing in an enterprise allowance to help those who are unemployed set up their own business. But there's so much more to do. Right now in our country there are what I would call the enemies of enterprise, whether it's bureaucrats who concoct ridiculous rules or town hall officials who take ages to make planning decisions. Believe me, we are taking them on.

Enterprise is in our party's DNA. We have always been on the side of the doers, the grafters, the entrepreneurs. They are the wealth creators and the job creators, the ones who will drive Britain's prosperity in the years to come, and that's why this government is doing everything possible to get behind them today.

David Cameron

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Events on Tuesday, Wednesday and in June


Shrove Tuesday,
Monday 8th March 2011, 7.30pm.
86 Argyle Street.
£7.00 entry (£3.00 students).


With guest speaker Cllr Sir Peter Brown.
Monday 6th June 2011, 7.45pm for 8pm.
Cherry Hinton Constitutional Club,
144 Cherry Hinton Road .
£25.00 entry (£20.00 students).


Don't forget an address at the Union Society on Wesnesday evening by The Lord Howard of Lympne, open to all members of CCCA or CUCA - see for details.

Andy Bower
Coleridge Branch Secretary