Council Election 2014

The Public Gallery: Will our local election be decided nationally?

Posted on April 3rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

As the Croydon Conservatives take flak for not releasing a manifesto yet, Tom Black explores how much the outcome of May’s local elections will depend on what both parties do in Croydon

The theory

For a long time now, I’ve been commenting cryptically that ‘the next local election may be decided nationally’. This is based on the idea that a large proportion of voters … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Full council, live from the actual public gallery

Posted on December 5th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

This week, Croydon Council held its monthly full-council meeting. It was broadcast live and made available to download by Croydon Radio, but to get a feel of the action, I attended myself. Perched on impossibly uncomfortable seating in the council chamber’s real public gallery, I surveyed the state of Croydon’s local democracy. The meeting did not resemble a discussion of ideas for how to make Croydon a … Read More »