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Political Croydon: The Nineties

Posted on May 5th, by David White in Politics & Society. 5 comments

David White’s series nears its end after taking us from 1960 to 1999

Croydon had been a boom town in the 1960s and 1970s, with massive office and retail redevelopment. However, by 1990 it had started to decline economically. A recession in the late 1980s had led to cutbacks and redundancies. House repossessions soared, and new technology reduced the number of workers needed in financial … Read More »

Grammar schools: Learning from the past to avoid repeating mistakes

Posted on February 17th, by Patrick Ainley in Politics & Society. 9 comments

Patrick Ainley suggests that Benjamin Flook’s advocacy of grammar schools is contradictory

Benjamin Flook is 17, but if he really wants to be a Tory MP, he ought to learn the history of his party. In the year he was born, for instance, John Major promised ‘a grammar school in every town’ in the general election he lost so badly. This was a vote loser because people can … Read More »