Political Croydon: The Nineties

Posted on May 5th, by David White in Politics & Society. 5 comments

David White’s series nears its end after taking us from 1960 to 1999

Croydon had been a boom town in the 1960s and 1970s, with massive office and retail redevelopment. However, by 1990 it had started to decline economically. A recession in the late 1980s had led to cutbacks and redundancies. House repossessions soared, and new technology reduced the number of workers needed in financial … Read More »



Political Croydon: The Eighties

Posted on October 9th, by David White in Politics & Society. No Comments

In the third instalment of his political journey through the decades, David White remembers the Croydon shaped by Thatcher, Bowness and Livingstone

The 1980s. The era of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev; the Falklands War and the fall of the Berlin Wall; privatisation and council house sales; “Loadsamoney” and “no such thing as society”; the miners’ strike and the poll tax.

Politics … Read More »



Political Croydon: The Seventies

Posted on June 4th, by David White in History. 1 Comment

David White continues his decade-by-decade look at Croydon’s politics by taking us into the era of Heath, the Winter of Discontent, and the last time we had a referendum on Europe

The ’70s are often thought of as a period of political conflict and lack of progress. It was a decade which saw four general elections and four prime ministers.

However, there was more to the … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Remembering Tony Benn

Posted on March 20th, by David White in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

In a guest edition of the Public Gallery, regular reader David White remembers Tony Benn, who died last week at the age of 88

“It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause…and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you” – Tony Benn

I first met Tony … Read More »



Political Croydon: The Sixties

Posted on February 11th, by David White in History. 7 comments

In the first of a new series, Croydon resident and political animal David White recalls what Croydon’s political scene was like fifty years ago

My first real memory of politics in Croydon is the 1959 general election. Nationally the Conservative Macmillan government was standing for re-election under the slogan “You’ve never had it so good”. The Labour Party, under Hugh Gaitskell, was the only real … Read More »



Caring in Croydon: The Legal Bits

Posted on October 4th, by David White in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Following on from his introduction to the state of adult and elderly care in Croydon, local solicitor David White talks us through the legal aspects of care

There are 30,000 people in Croydon who are caring for someone who is elderly, ill or disabled. At some point in our lives, 40% of us will become carers, according to estimates.  It’s therefore a big issue. In … Read More »



Croydon Council might not have legal power to sell Riesco porcelain

Posted on July 2nd, by David White in Culture. 15 comments

A fortnight ago, local solicitor David White joined the Riesco debate to call for ‘full public consultation’. Now, in a Croydon Citizen exclusive, White offers a legal insight into the documents relating to the Riesco sale

I took part in a Croydon Radio debate two weeks ago. It was about Croydon’s proposed sale of items from the collection of oriental china given to … Read More »



Caring in Croydon

Posted on June 5th, by David White in Politics & Society. 4 comments

David White explains why Croydonians need to care about care

The statistics for caring are staggering. There are over 6 million carers in the UK, and 30,000 in Croydon. By “carer” I mean someone who is looking after a relative or friend who is elderly, ill or disabled. This article mainly deals with dementia, but there are of course a lot of other reasons why … Read More »