Croydon Debate Club


The councillor’s charter

Posted on March 13th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The topic of an evening of debate was “Social media and local government – help or hindrance”, which naturally led on to the participation of councillors on social media

Not for the first time, a good idea came out of discussion at the Croydon Debate Club. Since it wasn’t me who came up with it, I would go so far as to say it was a very … Read More »



Croydon debates: is social media good for local government?

Posted on March 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Does Twitter air Croydon’s dirty linen in public?

Croydon Debate Club is organised and chaired by Robert Ward, a Citizen contributor and now a Conservative candidate for the local council. After a break of ten months, the club invited Croydonians of any political affiliation to attend Project B on Wednesday 21st February to debate whether social media has a positive or negative impact on local government.

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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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