Author Archives: Phil Rodgers

How voting works in the EU elections

“A man is not dead while his name is still spoken,” said Terry Pratchett, and by this measure the 19th-century Belgian mathematician Victor D’Hondt has surely achieved a form of immortality. His method for allocating seats in proportional voting systems … Continue reading

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My predictions for the 2019 Cambridge local elections

It’s the last weekend before this year’s Cambridge local elections, and across the city, activists are making their final appeals to the voters ahead of polling day on Thursday. In contrast to the beautiful sunshine over the Easter break, this … Continue reading

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Prospects for the 2019 Cambridge City Council elections

With national politics convulsed by Brexit, the Commons in deadlock, and the prospect of EU elections winking in and out of existence like Schrödinger’s Cat, it is somehow reassuring that local election campaigning in Cambridge continues more or less as … Continue reading

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A misleading Council motion on access to Castle Mound

Update: Since this article was written, the Council have announced that they intend to retain ownership of Castle Mound and the Civil War earthworks, in which case public access would continue under the 1979 Act. However, members of the public … Continue reading

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County Council statement on access to Castle Mound

Here’s a statement that Cambridgeshire County Council has given to the press about access to the Shire Hall site following its forthcoming sale: A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said: “From the outset, the Council have made it clear to the … Continue reading

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The future of public access to Castle Mound

One of the many things I like about living in Cambridge is my commute to work. In the mornings, it takes me across Midsummer Common and Parker’s Piece; in the evenings, at least while it’s dark, I usually head up … Continue reading

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Spot the difference

On Thursday, Cambridge City Council meets for the first time following the recent elections. As well as choosing a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the coming year, councillors will debate the Annual Statements put forward by the leaders of … Continue reading

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