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 »

Consultations: are they worth the paper that they’re written on?

Posted on January 12th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Questioning the benefits of so-called ‘consultations’

Consultation is a good thing, right? It means that you get asked your opinion: your opinion about what housing might be built next to your home, whether you want to live in a 20mph zone, or maybe how education might be funded. That’s got to be good, hasn’t it? Well, I’m no longer sure that it is.

If the state … Read More »

Transparency, housing and the Croydon Local Plan

Posted on October 7th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Robert Ward has been doing some reading, and thinks that someone ought to explain to Croydon Council what the word ‘summary’ means

Not for the first time, ‘transparency’ was freely bandied about at a recent council meeting. This time it was during discussions on the Croydon Local Plan (CLP) in which our council sets out the long term strategy for housing. But what does the … Read More »