The Corbyn Citizen: How it might just work

Posted on October 1st, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

After Robert Ward’s more pessimistic prediction, unashamed Corbynista Tom Black foretells a year of quiet success for Labour’s new leader, writing from the perspective of 2016

What a difference a year makes. As conference season gears up again, the mood in the various political camps has changed. While Labour looks a lot more optimistic – and certainly more united – than last year, we should … Read More »



The Public Gallery: The aftermath

Posted on May 14th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Continuing his appalling record with predictions, Tom Black gives the lowdown on Election 2015 as the dust finally settles

Well, that was a surprise, wasn’t it?

Tonight at 10:00pm will be exactly one week since the BBC published that exit poll. One week since David Cameron spat out his coffee and Ed Miliband opened up LinkedIn on his phone. One week since Gavin … Read More »



The polls are open

Posted on May 7th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

As Election 2015 finally arrives, politics editor Tom Black has a few recommendations during the calm before the storm

The day is here. Five years and one day after the last general election, everyone in the United Kingdom now gets to choose the next government.

Still not made your mind up? The polls in this election have indicated that people like you are unusually … Read More »



The Public Gallery: The eve of Election 2015

Posted on May 6th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

With nineteen hours until the polls open, Tom Black takes a final look at Croydon’s three elections

Head-to-head debate an undoubtedly ‘lively’ evening

On Saturday evening, I had the honour of chairing a debate between Sarah Jones and Gavin Barwell in the race for Croydon Central. After more than a dozen debates, many with five or even all seven candidates on the platform, the Citizen‘s head-to-head … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Hustingsmania and a few minutes with the PM

Posted on April 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As the Citizen’s head-to-head debate between Barwell and Jones draws near, Tom Black takes the (rising) temperature of Croydon’s election and has a chat with David Cameron

The election is in one week. You’ve probably either just thought “how time flies!” or “thank goodness it’ll all be over soon.” Probably the latter, even if you’re into politics.

This has been an unusually … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Labour brings music and Miliband to the campaign trail

Posted on April 23rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Close encounters for the second time between our very own Tom Black and the Labour leader

Would I like to interview Ed Miliband again?

Hell yes, I’d like to interview Ed Miliband again.

Those were not my exact words when Tim Longhurst of Croydon Radio let me know the Labour leader was in town and Croydon Radio had been asked if … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Too close to call

Posted on April 16th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Tom Black is beginning to miss the calm of the silly season as Croydon Central turns into Florida 2000

Stats genius brands Croydon Central ‘the closest seat in the country’

Nate Silver, the famed American statistician who made his start predicting the performance of baseball teams and exploded into the complex world of predicting America’s presidential politics in 2008, has set his sights on … Read More »



The Public Gallery: The campaign begins

Posted on April 2nd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

Tom Black runs through some of the events that have followed the starting gun of the general election

Croydon no longer has any MPs. Strictly speaking, nowhere has any MPs. Parliament dissolved (not literally) on Monday at one minute past midnight, marking the formal beginning of the election campaign (although if you’re wondering what’s been going on since December if the election campaign … Read More »



The Public Gallery: What the next government could mean for Croydon

Posted on March 26th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Tom Black’s been thinking of post- general election scenarios, and some unthinkable ones

The next election is the hardest to predict in living memory. The papers and the airwaves are filled with talk of minority governments, coalitions, pacts, ‘case-by-case agreements’, and ‘well hung parliaments’ (the somewhat racy name for a parliament in which even two parties together cannot form a majority government).

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The Public Gallery: Jones plays Jack Bauer and Barwell makes the front page as Labour’s Croydon lead narrows

Posted on March 19th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Black, you’re finally learning how to play the game. The Citizen’s Politics Editor on Jones’s all-nighter and how not to boost Barwell

Barwell makes front page of the Evening Standard over leaked templates for letters of endorsement

If you picked up the Evening Standard on Monday, you may have seen that Croydon was on the front page (we were on the front page on Tuesday, too, for more … Read More »