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The astute election strategy of Peterborough Public Health

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On the face of it, government departments and agencies that deliver public services, such as Peterborough Public Health, (PPH) are not actively involved in electoral politics. We require of them a neutrality that avoids political partisanship, and for good reason. A public-sector agency that chooses to support one candidate over another runs the risk of retribution from a winning or losing candidate that it did not support. Political partisanship creates electoral winners and losers, all of whom want to believe that public services will be distributed fairly after an election without regard to political stripe. Public sector agencies must always be perceived as objective, professional and evidence-based service providers to all.

At the same time, agencies such as PPH want candidates to understand and appreciate them. It is axiomatic that politicians find it easier to attack from afar than they do from up close. Seasoned public........

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