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Is social media and local government a help or a hindrance?

Posted on February 16th, by Robert Ward in Opinion. 1 Comment

Local news outlets, with fewer and fewer journalists, find easy pickings mostly on Twitter

Social media is the new(ish) thing. There’s hardly a television news item that doesn’t mention it somewhere. Broadcasters want to show they’re hip, and in a world where people expect their news to be instant and free it gives journalists an easy news item without having to leave their desks.

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A tribute to Darcus Howe

Posted on April 20th, by Marc Wadsworth in History. No Comments

The towering intellectual, activist and Norbury resident is being laid to rest today

Champion British black rights campaigner Darcus Howe has joined the African ancestors. He died on 1st April aged 74.

After spending thirty years in Brixton, the leading broadcaster, writer and  political activist more recently lived in Norbury.

I met Howe during the three-day 1981 uprising in Brixton, where I also lived. He … Read More »



“I want Croydon to bid to be London Borough of Culture”: Sadiq Khan’s long walk

Posted on September 8th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

London’s mayor walked, talked, and waved his way through the town centre last week, with Tom Black never more than a few steps behind

Sadiq Khan doesn’t wear a tie. This has divided opinion – while some insist that his bare collar looks unprofessional or even disrespectful, I happen to think that he’s a bold poster-child for the growing ‘crisp white shirt, dark suit’ movement. John F. … Read More »



“Croydon needs the opportunity to fulfil its potential”: interview with Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London

Posted on March 3rd, by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas in Politics & Society. No Comments

Andrew Hamilton-Thomas interviews Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan

First of all, I’d like to ask you about the same areas I discussed with your colleague Marina. What’s your plan for housing?

London’s the greatest city in the world, but we’re at a crossroads. Typically, Londoners are being priced out of London because of the housing crisis and the cost of commuting. Croydon … Read More »



Should Donald Trump be barred from entering Croydon?

Posted on January 25th, by Max Shirley in Politics & Society, Topical. No Comments

Max Shirley looks at a big story from a local perspective

Should we ban a potential US presidential candidate from entering the UK?

Donald J. Trump is a sixty-nine-year-old American business magnate, billionaire, investor and potential Republican candidate in the 2016 US Presidential Elections. He also has blonde, flowing locks, which I can’t take my eyes off. Trump has been in the news quite a bit … 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: 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: Big beasts a-roarin’ as UKIP demotes McKenzie

Posted on March 12th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Tom Black reports on the big noises in and around Croydon’s political sphere, and the Public Gallery branches out into radio

Big beasts spotted in Croydon

Two high-powered political women came to the aid of their candidates in the increasingly knife-edge Croydon Central contest last weekend. For Labour, Tessa Jowell – former Olympics minister and quite possibly the next mayor of London – campaigned … Read More »



Croydon Now: The case for Croydon becoming an independent nation state

Posted on January 20th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. No Comments

Jonny Rose calls for his fellow Croydonians to throw off the shackles of Britain’s tyrannical rule

“A pound spent in Croydon is of far more value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde”
– Boris Johnson, March 2012, Huffington Post

It’s a new year and by now the dust has settled from the events of what was an exhilarating few months of rabble-rousing by our friends in … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Labour in the lead in Croydon Central as Zone 4 united front falters

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

The politicians were never going to play nice for long on Zone 4 Croydon, writes Tom Black

O’Connell and Barwell write to Boris about Zone 4 Croydon

Gavin Barwell MP and Steve O’Connell AM have written to Boris Johnson about the Zone 4 Croydon campaign, requesting “a meeting with TfL Director Sir Peter Hendy and you [Johnson] to seek your support for a review … Read More »