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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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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.

“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?

— asked by

 

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

10 things that Peepoc is awesome for:

Peepoc is a community voting app. You can sign up for free and vote on all kinds of different polls, then create your own if you fancy. It’s been designed for all sorts of reasons but here are 10 awesome ways you can use Peepoc:

1. Entertainment
You’ll find polls on everything; news, politics, TV, film, fashion, beauty, philosophy, animal rights, silly stories and plenty more. Get voting and we are sure you will find it really entertaining.

2. Making a Decision
Post a poll and ask your followers to help with your decision. Simples!

3. Boredom Buster
Stuck on a train for ages? I bet you will find voting on Peepoc polls is really addictive.

4. Blogging Tool
Peepoc is a free tool that you can use to survey the opinions of your readers and help give another dimension to your blog posts. Create a following on Peepoc and send those users to your blog using Peepoc polls. Find out How Bloggers Use Peepoc.

5. Engaging With Users/Customers
People like to feel listened to; by posting a poll you give them a chance to have a say and listen to what their opinions are.

6. Meetings and Social Events
You know what it’s like trying to get a group of friends or colleagues together, it can be a nightmare! Use Peepoc to give people an option to decide on a date/time and then go with the one that most people can attend. Easy peasy.

7. Local Political Lobbying
There are loads of people out there who have an opinion on local issues such as parking, vandalism, bus routes being shut down etc. However, only a few get their picket board out and make a stand! Peepoc is for the silent majority who want to have a say. It can work wonders… see how it works in the community.

8. Education
Some polls are very educational, particularly the politics ones. This isn’t just your typical “social network”, it’s much more useful and insightful. The only way for you to see for sure is to download the app and try it out.

9. Fun
I know I have said it already but Peepoc is addictive! Loads of our users have said so. There are plenty of silly polls around crazy news stories that are really fun to vote on. Try it out!

10. Free Website Widget
We all like freebies don’t we? Well you can improve your website or blog by adding Peepoc polls or communities for free. Find out how to embed Peepoc polls onto your site.

Log on to Peepoc to start polling!

Do you standby on issues you care about?

I’m sure there are many of you reading this who have felt passionately about a local issue but done no more than have a rant on Facebook. Does that sound true? There are only a few of us who are prepared to grab a picket board and get down to your local town centre to stop the building of yet another coffee house. Peepoc is a way for you to get your opinion heard without having to commit a large amount of time and effort.

It takes seconds to sign up and create a poll, or a single second to click the vote button anonymously (without signing up).

The type of things that you might be interested in are:

  • Speed bumps and changes in the speed limit.
  • Number of potholes and damaged road surfaces.
  • Building of new homes.
  • The closing down of the post-office.
  • The ceasing of a major bus route.
  • Dog poop in the local park!
  • Not enough parking in the town centre.

These issues might not be burning in the national political landscape, but they might be a daily nightmare that you have to endure.

Get together with your neighbours and let Peepoc raise your voice so you can be heard by the people who control change. Log in to create or vote on a local poll now.

 

Want to make a change locally? Peepoc can help.

Peepoc is a useful tool for communities to collectively share their opinion in order to be heard by local councils and politicians.
There’s a great example recently where the following poll was posted into a Peepoc community for the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire, UK.

Should more affordable homes be built in Marlborough instead of more retirement homes?

— asked by Emily Thompson

As you can see, there were over 250 votes and an overwhelming majority who were in favour of affordable homes rather than retirement homes. The local paper, The Harold and Gazette picked up the story and published it which was a great win for the residents of Marlborough. The next step is to speak to the council about it which we believe is in progress.

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The difference between a petition and a poll is simple; a petition does not give the option to vote against what the cause is.

Do you stand by on issues that you care about? Can’t be bothered with the picket board? Peepoc can help raise your voice without you having to shout. Find out more.
Why not try creating your own local poll and sharing it on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook? You might be able to make a change for the better in your local community.

Stop political bullying. They should be setting an example.

Rant@Peepoc

 

During with Paxman and the Leader’s Debate I was horrified by the bullying of Ed Miliband. Paxman called him a geek and told him that his brother would do a better job. We wouldn’t accept this behaviour of children so why is it ok for celebrities and the leaders of this country?

Yesterday Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson came to blows on the Andrew Marr Show. Boris got personal by stating that David Miliband would “do less damage” than his brother. Poor Ed must be rather bored by this snipe, he seems to get it rather a lot.

Before you think I am a Labour voter, in fact I’m from a Tory background and that is how I shall be voting on May 7th. Miliband himself is not much better afterall, calling Cameron ‘dodgy’ and ‘rotten’ publically during the Prime Minister’s Question Time.

Why are they allowed to carry on being vile to one another when our hard working teachers and child care professionals are busy teaching children to be nice and caring to each other? Something is not right with this situation.

 

Author: Anon

 

News Roundup 11th December

Over in South Africa, it has been a big week for their justice system. Oscar Pistorius has made front page again, as prosecutors have won the right to appeal his “culpable homicide” charge. It appears many have found his sentence too lenient, what do you say?

Shrien Dewani has been cleared of murdering his wife. A South African judge dismissed the case against the British businessman after condemning the evidence of the chief prosecution witness. Do you believe he is innocent?

Across the Indian Ocean to Australia; they have experienced the hottest month on record, and the Solar Energy community are asking, is the rise in temperature due to global warming. What do you think the answer is?

Back in Europe, the UK has been bit by a ‘weather bomb’, after sceptics dismissed it as media hype. One poll poster asked, “do you think a Weather Bomb is coming to get us?” Were you one of the sceptics?

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Peepoc News

You will notice a lot of changes over the coming weeks; if you are busy polling, you might even make it to the top of our leader board soon!

We have already introduced some instructions which you will see when you log in. If you are a seasoned Peepoc user then you can just click “got it” and carry on as you were. If you haven’t used Peepoc in a while these will be really handy. Also, if you use Facebook, you will notice that the poll that is shared in your news feed looks much more appealing.

Are you getting too many notifications? You can change your notification settings, so you don’t receive a notification every time someone votes on your poll. Simply log into Peepoc, click on your username and go to Settings. You will find your preferences under “web notifications”. In settings you can do lots of things such as updating your profile, changing your social share preferences or amending push notifications.

If you have any tips for other Peepoc users then we would love to hear them, email us at info@peepoc.com.

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The Peepoc Team