Bieneosa Ebite

The Public Gallery: The civil servants are coming

Posted on October 16th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Tom Black examines the public sector and the public sphere in a week of new arrivals – and departures from – the Croydon scene

Whitehall’s loss is Croydon’s gain: office jobs ahoy!

The British government (that’s the one in Whitehall, not Katharine Street) has decided it’s time to cut costs. You may have heard about this at some point in the last four years.

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The Public Gallery: Thirty-two Thursdays

Posted on September 18th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Tom Black starts the countdown clock on Election 2015 – but finds that the candidates have beaten him to it

Like many observers, I was unhappy about the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2011. It seemed to be making a major constitutional change – fixing the exact dates of our elections in advance – for the sake of making sure Nick Clegg wouldn’t … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Free speech, smears and non-debates

Posted on April 10th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 9 comments

Tom Black looks into the eye of a political storm that raged around Croydon Radio this week

Ulterior motives a possibility in the ‘outrage’ over Bieneosa Ebite’s National Front interview

On Sunday, during a four hour radio election special, Croydon Radio’s Bienesoa Ebite broadcasted a pre-recorded interview with local National Front member Tony Martin. How this came about, and what has happened since, is … Read More »

The Public Gallery: What are full council meetings actually for?

Posted on January 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 5 comments

After another sorry display in the Council Chamber, Tom Black ponders what it’s all in aid of

Punch and Judy are back: with a vengeance

Did you have a good Christmas break? Did you have a pleasant rest? Did you come back to work full of good cheer? I don’t think the council did.

I wasn’t at this week’s full council meeting, but … Read More »