Council meetings


Is this how a council is meant to function?

Posted on August 11th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Heavily implying that the answer is ‘no’, Michael Swadling reports on a very familiar scene in the town hall

Croydon Council has often been accused of ‘Punch and Judy politics’ with both main parties using council meetings to act out a mini House of Commons, rather than debating local issues in Croydon. Is this how a council is meant to function?

On Monday 18th … Read More »



What’s happening to our democracy? Croydon deserves better

Posted on April 25th, by James Thompson in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Conservative councillor James Thompson objects to the conduct of Croydon Council meetings, and has some suggested improvements

I’m approaching two years as a councillor and it’s been an enlightening period to say the least. From the outset it’s been clear to me that change is needed. When Council Leader Tony Newman stands up and ums and errs for five minutes, failing to answer a simple … Read More »



Croydon Council approves the budget, to the surprise of no-one

Posted on March 2nd, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Robert Ward reflects on the manner – and the purpose – of our borough’s council meetings

Croydon Council has approved the budget for next year. This was rubber-stamped at a full council meeting broadcast via CroydonLive.

For those fortunate enough not to have been watching, the Labour line is that they have rescued a sinking ship and reversed innumerable bad decisions. Any shortcomings are … Read More »