Censorship rules at Croydon Council

Posted on February 11th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Conservative councillor Mario Creatura is not happy about new amendments to the council’s rules about petitions

On Monday 25th January 2016, a decision was taken by Croydon Council to limit democratic scrutiny, to restrict the views of the people and to limit the voices of elected representatives. Did you notice?

If you were one of the vast majority of residents to not watch the council … Read More »

It’s time to reform council meetings

Posted on February 19th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Freshman councillor Mario Creatura wants to shake things up in Croydon’s crucible of debate

For many years I was one of a band of loyal attendees of full council meetings. Since May 2014 I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of those meetings and represent over 10,000 people with my words and actions in the chamber.

I’ve participated in four so far – … Read More »

A campaign launch like no other

Posted on September 30th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 64 comments

As Croydon’s politicos get ready for Election 2015, Gavin Barwell’s right-hand-man praises the MP’s campaign launch

On Monday evening, Gavin Barwell, Member of Parliament for Croydon Central and Government Whip, launched his 2015 re-election campaign.

For other MPs, campaign launches are quiet, unglamorous affairs typified by a one inch column in a local paper, a largely ignored press release on the candidate’s website, and … Read More »

Do the Conservatives not have a plan for Croydon Tech City?

Posted on April 7th, by Mario Creatura in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. 1 Comment

Coulsdon West candidate and local Conservative activist Mario Creatura argues that the best thing the government can do for a grassroots movement is stay out of the way

The Conservatives have no plans for Croydon Tech City.

Take a moment for that to sink in. It’s likely not what you’re used to from a local political bod.

When something good happens in Croydon, … Read More »

The gentrification of Croydon and why we’re all to blame

Posted on September 30th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 29 comments

Mario Creatura warns us to strap in and get ready for gentrification – but urges us to understand the good things it will actually bring

On Sunday’s In the Loop, the discussion focused on the regeneration of Croydon town centre and the effects of investment around the borough. The guests fell ostensibly into two camps: first, those who believe that gentrification brings investment which enables public realm … Read More »

In defence of the busy-body

Posted on July 8th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Mario Creatura salutes those who actively engage with politics for the right reasons – to make their communities better

There aren’t very many Croydon folk who can call themselves a ‘political activist’. Or at least, there aren’t many that would be happy to be called that. Politics is a tainted word, both nationally and locally, and besmirches any good that could come from … Read More »

Croydon Central’s all-women shortlist: Discriminating in the name of equality?

Posted on May 1st, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 35 comments

After Labour activist Tom Black’s article on the Citizen, Conservative Mario Creatura responds with some thoughts on all-women shortlists

Subjectivity is ultimately where the danger lies in the selection of parliamentary candidates. The bureaucratic, political, and democratic process by which we elect our representatives has been forged over hundreds of years, contains checks and balances, and theoretically acts as a filtration method for … Read More »

Vox populi, vox dei? Not in Croydon’s Twittersphere

Posted on February 20th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 9 comments

Politicians love to talk of a ‘silent majority’ – Croydon Tweeters have a problem with a noisy minority

Log on to Twitter, have a search for #Croydon and take a look at what comes up. Frankly, it’s a mess. But somewhere between spamverts for fitness classes, cheap computer repairs, and teens detailing their night-time antics in Tiger Tiger, there’s an interesting phenomenon that … Read More »

Complacency and bad weather: the key to predicting the Croydon North by-election?

Posted on November 16th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon North is a safe Labour seat, but so was Bradford West

For all the coverage of the Croydon North by-election, observers would be forgiven for thinking that it was just another ordinary plea for votes, like the general or local elections in 2010. But they’d be wrong. There really is all to play for in the run up to Thursday 29th November, and the … Read More »