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Staying in the EU is all about control

Posted on February 29th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 14 comments

Robert Ward isn’t sure how he’ll vote in the EU referendum yet, but he knows what issues will determine his choice

We now know how our three Croydon MPs will vote in the forthcoming referendum on our EU membership. They all plan to vote for us to remain, although Chris Philp does so somewhat reluctantly.

None of the three are old enough … Read More »



So, what is a progressive anyway?

Posted on November 4th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Jonny Rose takes a critical look at the notion of ‘progress’ in Croydon

“The belief that humanity makes moral progress depends upon a wilful ignorance of history” — Roger Scruton

What is a progressive, anyway?

I read this piece by Sean Creighton some months ago with much interest – not because I care about psephology (I don’t) or tactical voting in Croydon (I don’t), but because … Read More »



From Croydon to the Tory conference and back again

Posted on October 15th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Local Conservative Robert Ward headed up north for his party’s conference this year, and kept an eye on matters affecting Croydon

You may have noticed party conference season has ended. Not the highlight of your year, perhaps, nor indeed mine. But as a new member of the Conservative Party, I had signed up in February assuming there would either be an election victory to celebrate, … Read More »



Black praise, white politics: Ed Miliband comes to Croydon

Posted on April 27th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 5 comments

After Ed Miliband – an avowed atheist – visits a Croydon church, local (tech) evangelist Jonny Rose speculates on how the major parties might tap into the BME vote

Engaging the pious and the pigmented

With less than a month until the elections – and the threat of gainful unemployment for many – it’s not surprising to see politicians turn to the Almighty for some … Read More »



The choice facing Croydon

Posted on April 16th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The local and national economy on his mind, Conservative Robert Ward explains the process that decided how he’ll cast his vote

Don’t be surprised if your doorbell rings more often than usual over the next few weeks. Arguably the most important and certainly the most difficult to predict general election in a generation approaches. The political parties are fighting for every vote. Canvassers are everywhere … Read More »



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 »



The Public Gallery: Seventy days

Posted on February 26th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

After a short sabbatical, Tom Black returns to cast his eye over Croydon’s politics ten weeks before the general election, and to make a special announcement

National issues dominate Croydon’s campaigns as general election looms

Ten weeks from today, Croydonians – and their fellow Britons – will go to the polls and elect a new government. It might look a lot like the current … Read More »



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: What Croydon’s politicians could learn from Boris Johnson

Posted on March 13th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

This week, Britain’s favourite politician visited Croydon. Wading through the controversy, Tom Black ponders whether our local councillors and hopefuls could take a few lessons from ‘BoJo’

Boris Johnson is often described as, among other things, ‘a legend’. This week, the legend landed in Croydon. There was some controversy over the circumstances – the event at which he was speaking has a £10 … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Is it Labour’s year?

Posted on January 16th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

After assessing the Tories’ reasons for optimism last week, Tom Black takes a look at where Labour have cause for cheer – and caution – in 2014

The national picture

There is a growing consensus that the Conservatives are going to have a tougher time than Labour in the run-up to the May elections. Their engineered split over Europe this week may have been defused for … Read More »