St Giles: a very special school indeed

Posted on February 28th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. No Comments

The unique challenges facing Croydon’s special schools

This year St Giles Special School celebrates 40 years at its site in Pampisford Road, South Croydon. The school started in Thornton Heath as a school for ‘Physically Defective Children’. It then moved to Featherbed Lane in 1933, where it stayed until moving to its current site in 1977. Later this year, St Giles will hold events to celebrate the … Read More »



Does democracy travel at 20mph?

Posted on January 13th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 11 comments

Michael Swadling asks why a vote is good enough for some parts of Croydon but not others

When you Google the word democracy, the answer comes back as “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of democracy includes the definition of “the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges”. This leads to … Read More »



Is this how a council is meant to function?

Posted on August 11th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Heavily implying that the answer is ‘no’, Michael Swadling reports on a very familiar scene in the town hall

Croydon Council has often been accused of ‘Punch and Judy politics’ with both main parties using council meetings to act out a mini House of Commons, rather than debating local issues in Croydon. Is this how a council is meant to function?

On Monday 18th … Read More »



Brexit: a brighter future for a great town

Posted on July 25th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 14 comments

Fed up with doomsaying and wanting to respond to concerns about Brexit, Leave campaigner Michael Swadling offers some optimism, and reflects on the referendum in Croydon

The 23rd June was a great day for British democracy. The people stood up against all sides of the establishment and voted to make a fundamental change to our constitution, once again making Britain a sovereign state.

In Croydon, Remain … Read More »



Out of the EU and back on track

Posted on March 16th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 18 comments

The Citizen’s EU referendum coverage begins with Michael Swadling presenting a case for ‘Crexit’

The EU referendum campaign has started. This represents a huge opportunity for the people of Britain to regain control of our democracy and leave the EU. I am campaigning for Britain to set itself free from the burden of EU membership and as a life-long resident of Croydon, I look forward … Read More »