Weekly Campaign Diary for #Dean4Luton

Now we have entered the final 100 days of the election I will be sharing a weekly digest of my previous weeks activities. It’s been another busy week. I have been out and about campaigning, responding to resident enquiries, discussing opportunities for Luton with senior Conservatives and phone canvassing too. Below is just a small […]

Daily social & tech headlines: Bullied teachers and the rise of anonymity

 “We don’t need no education” – Pink Floyd, The Wall I’m showing my age, but when I was at school we wouldn’t dare talk back to a teacher, never-mind try to bully them. Which is why my top pick today is so disconcerting. The UK’s ‘Independent’ newspaper reports that 21% of 7,500 teachers polled have been bullied by pupils […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: The fear factor

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” ― George Orwell, 1984 ‘Fear’ best sums up today’s top picks. It arises from three different perspectives. The first pick is a piece from the Washington Post which looks at individual’s fears around big data, or more accurately, erosion of privacy. Vivek Wadwa […]

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Daily social & tech headlines

My top picks have a similar theme – what could, or should, the future look like? The Guardian provides a series of interesting quotes on how and why big data could shape public services. The opportunity is best summarised by Tom Heath, head of research at the Open Data Institute “Data can enable government to do existing things […]

Canvassing questions #1: Faith schools

Whilst out canvassing I’m regularly asked specific questions about policies, local and national, along with my perspective on current issues.  I always aim to get back to people directly, and during this election campaign will also share my comments on this blog…