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Peepoc are sponsoring a Meet Up!

Moving to a new area can be daunting. As we get older our friends move away to different places and it becomes harder to meet new people. At some stage we need to find a way to broaden our social circles; this is why we are sponsoring a meet up!

Peepoc will be giving free drinks to members of the Newbury Local Politics Meet Up who want to have a chat and network with like minded people.

Although the icebreaker might be politics, it’s a social and fun event which we hope to blossom into a regular thing.

Join us on 27th of January at 7pm in Newbury pub (exact venue to be confirmed) and take advantage of the free drinks!

Sign up now…

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Win a Kindle Paperwhite – Complete Our 2 Minute Survey

Peepoc are in the process of creating a brand new website that we are calling ‘Community Campaigner’. It is being developed for the public to raise issues with their local politicians easily and transparently. But first we need your help by completing our survey…

We would appreciate 2 minutes (if that!) of your time to share your experiences of local issues and any contact you might have had with your local Councillors or MP, or to find out if you even know their names! Individual responses are anonymous, so there’s no need to worry.

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kindle Take the Peepoc survey to help us build a community campaigner

 

Win A Kindle – SURVEY Ts & Cs

– You can complete the survey anonymously but you will NOT be eligible to win the kindle or the vouchers.
– The Draw will take place on 1st of February 2016 by random selection from those who complete the survey and provide their name and email address.
– The Draw prize is a Kindle Paperwhite + wifi valued at £109.99 by Amazon.co.uk
– The first 5 people who enter and provide their name and email address will receive a voucher on email within 30 days of the closing date.
– Vouchers are non-refundable and no cash alternatives are available.

Community Campaigner by Peepoc

Something exciting is coming…

Peepoc are in the process of researching a new website; for the moment we are calling it Community Campaigner. It will be a site designed to connect you (the general public) with your local politicians.

Should the speed limit be lowered in your local area? Is there a lack of street lightening? Is your council poor at recycling? Is it time your local park was refreshed? Is parking a nightmare in the city centre? You can use Community Campaigner to raise issues with all of your councillors and the MP without needing their contact details; Peepoc sorts that for you.

By sharing on social media you can invite your neighbours, colleagues, friends and family to get involved to support your debate and encourage the politicians to make a change. The more support you muster, the more seriously your issue will be taken.

Politicians will be more likely to respond to an issue raised on this site because of the transparency; they must be seen to address your ideas or problems thoroughly. Subtly adding pressure to them by making it visible to everyone and inviting their political colleagues and competition candidates will give your issue the best possible fighting chance at winning.

We are hosting a Resident’s Forum in Newbury, West Berkshire on Monday the 14th of December where we hope to meet some of our neighbours and ask them about their experiences of raising issues with their local representatives to help us ensure we build the best possible website. Email us at info@peepoc.com if you are interested in attending or for more information.

Keep an eye out on our blog for more information about this idea.

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Guest Blog: Violence is not the answer.

I’m disgusted to read about the Million Mask March and the violence that took place on the 5th November 2015.

The hacktivist group Anonymous are behind the march and apparently stand for “building a better future through collective action”. A statement released on Monday said “The Million Mask March is about your right to get s**t done outside of what’s appropriate, or legal, or wise. The Million Mask March is about your right to remind governments to be afraid of their people, and to remind people not to be afraid of their governments.”

Surely instilling fear in anyone is bullying and immoral, I understand their motives, but I would suggest they are going about it the wrong way. There appears to be some hypocrisy when it comes to Anonymous’ approach: on Sunday they targeted the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) by releasing the personal details of alleged members in USA. The KKK are known for spreading fear and violence; although Anonymous are anti-racism are you seeing a likeness between the two groups here?

Propaganda for the Million Mask March encouraged nurses and doctors to join the march, but the violent protesters then attacked and abused fellow key workers, police officers. How is this logical?

There are peaceful ways to protest; and quite frankly far more intelligent ways. Violence is not the answer.

 

Author: Emily Thompson

Vote now to share your opinion on the Million Pound March

 

Do you support the Million Mask March? Do you support the Million Mask March?

— asked by Emily Thompson

Bath College IT Students Test Peepoc

 

 

On Wednesday the 21st of October we had the pleasure of visiting the IT students at Bath College. During the morning we conducted a user testing session where the students searched for bugs and we discussed the UI and how it could be improved.

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The students came up with loads of suggestions which we are now working through with the development team. We are already starting to make the changes and would like to say a big thankyou to everyone involved for being such a great help. As you can see, they tested on various phones, tablets and PCs to ensure we tested a wide variety of platforms.

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Our co-founder Emily Thompson also joined a Q&A session where she talked about starting out in the technology industry and answered some questions on securing a job and ways to improve your CV.

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PR and Marketing Executive

A unique opportunity to work for an exciting start-up!

Peepoc.com needs to find the perfect person to spread the word about our Community Voting apps and website.

You must be confident and happy to pick up the phone to talk to political professionals about Peepoc, arrange meetings and plan PR campaigns.

The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial flair, drive and ability to work autonomously. In return you will be part of an exciting new company with the freedom to define your own role.

 

What you’ll be doing:

– Sourcing contacts.

– Emailing councillors, MP’s, and other contacts within public sector departments.

– Following up emails with calls to share the Peepoc vision, with the aim to arrange meetings.

– Attending meetings across the UK.

– Building relationships with journalists and pitch stories to the press.

– Writing interesting blogs and website content.

– Creating a successful social media strategy.

– Managing the website in accordance to SEO best practice.

– Work with PR and Software Development Agencies

 

What we need from you:

– At least 3 years PR and marketing experience

– Exceptional personal and relationship building skills.

– Happy to work autonomously and with minimal direction.

– Entrepreneurial and commercial minded.

– Willing to travel to meetings.

– Passionate and enthusiastic, but always professional.

– A positive mental attitude!

 

What we would love from you:

– Experience within politics.

– PR training or education.

– Sales or telemarketing experience.

– Knowledge and training in SEO.

 

Why you’ll love this role:

– You’ll have the ability to work from home.

– Define your own working day.

– Your own company phone.

– Amazing career opportunity.

– Part of a growing and exciting business.

 

To apply please write us a fabulous covering letter telling us why you like what you have read and why you would be perfect for this role. Send along with your CV to emily.thompson@peepoc.com.

* Recruiters – we work with some brilliant agencies and will be using them if we need to so no need for you to apply, thanks! *

“Order, Questions to the Prime Minster”

Prime Minsters Question’s is often talked about as the “shop window” of politics, the most watched debate of the parliamentary week and frankly it’s an embarrassment. The constant braying and shouting by Government and Opposition MPs and the sniping between the Leader of Opposition and the Prime Minster must fuel the public’s disillusionment with politics.

One of the few things I agree with newly enthroned Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, on is the need to change PMQs and end the pantomime it has become. This is what he told the Huffington Post after his election:

“I want Prime Minister’s Question Time to be less theatre, more fact, less theatrical, more understandable. I think it’s very exciting for political obsessives, it’s utterly boring for most of the population, who think it’s an utter irrelevance.”

If you’ve ever watched any other Ministerial Question Time you will often see a friendly rapport between Shadow and Government ministers, in which considerable care and attention is given to answering questions. Thus allowing the opposition to actually hold the Government to account – the Prime Minster could learn something from that!

Corbyn needs to do something very quickly to improve PMQs, he needs to tell his party to stop braying and shouting during the session and encourage the other opposition parties (I’m looking at you SNP) to do this same. This will make the opposition look considered, almost mature, whilst making the Conservatives look more and more like children. I’m sure if this happened, the Government benches would soon fall silent too.

Perhaps too, extending Prime Minsters Question’s to an hour (like Ministerial Questions already is) without significantly increasing the number of questions would allow more careful and considered answers. At the moment the sessions feels like a rush, with the PM trying to give short answers that make his Government look good and also embarrass the Opposition.

Corbyn has tried something unique already, he’s asked people to submit questions via Twitter – needless to say this had led to some ridiculous suggestions. But in principle the idea is a good one, getting people to engage with politics is necessary to end public disillusionment.

This is a move in the right direction, although I’m not sure it will last. I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel sorry for Corbyn and his team having to sift through 60,000 suggestions to find just six to ask at 12 o’clock tomorrow, but look forward to seeing what is asked.

Do we need to restore some order to the Prime Minister’s Question Time? Do we need to restore some order to the Prime Minister’s Question Time?

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Author: Edward Molyneux 

Follow Edward on Twitter @NotSoRedEd

 

Has David Cameron handled the refugee crisis well?

The refugee crisis in Europe has just got very real for many people in the UK. The shocking image of three-year-old Aylan lying dead on a Turkish beach has made Britain wake-up to the genuine plight of these people.

The picture even managed to shock some of the most anti-immigration papers into submission (even the Mail!) – as The Independent put it, the 3rd September was “The day the British media finally got a conscience.”

The papers have finally realised the difference between these refugees and migrants – migrants “want” to come here, but refugees “need” to. Migrants certainly don’t risk their lives to try and reach Europe, but refugees are forced to because they have no other choice.

A petition for the crisis to be debated in parliament has now reached over 200,000 signatures, but while public opinion seems to be in favour of taking more refugees the Prime Minister has failed to act decisively.

The government still talk of tackling the root causes of the problem – which, in this blogger’s opinion, means refusing to rescue a man from a burning building until after they’ve discovered how to put out the fire.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister said the UK shouldn’t take any more refugees from Syria, but on Thursday afternoon he promised that the UK will fulfil its “moral responsibilities” after being “deeply moved” by the image.

Will this involve taking more migrants? Only Mr Cameron can know that. But the Prime Minister’s handling of the issue has made his decision making skills seem poor. Politics is often about making unpopular decisions, and he’s in a difficult position – one way he upsets the EU leaders he’s trying to renegotiate with, the other he upsets a large proportion of his party and risks its unity, but either way he’s going to upset parts of the public.

The longer Cameron flip-flops, the more incapable he seems and that can only damage him in everyone’s eyes.

Vote now to have your say:

Has David Cameron handled the refugee crisis well?

— asked by Edward Molyneux

Author: Edward Molyneux 

Follow Edward on Twitter @NotSoRedEd