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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: What exactly is going to happen to Croydon’s playing fields?

Posted on November 20th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Tom Black tries to get to the bottom of a freshly-spun controversy engulfing Katharine Street

What the papers say

So what’s going on?

Croydon Labour, which currently runs Croydon Council, is denying it has a plan to sell off Croydon’s school playing fields. This, at least, seems accurate – initial hysterical reports (many of which came from vested interests) gave the impression that … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Suspensions and appeals

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

Tom Black takes a break from the Barwell/Jones 2015 prizefight and looks at two setbacks for smaller parties in Croydon

Anti-incinerator judicial review fails, appeal planned

Shasha Khan, who has been the face of the Stop The Incinerator campaign for some years, has had all four of his grounds for legal challenge thrown out. The news is a blow to Khan and to the campaign, as … Read More »



The day I got caught up in a UKIP ‘mini-carnival’

Posted on May 20th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 25 comments

Jonny Rose got caught up in the frivolity and absurdity of Croydon’s most bizarre political event this year

Despite UKIP’s achieving near-U2 levels of celebrity of late, the first I’d heard that Nigel Farage and his motley entourage were due to be in my hometown of Croydon was early this morning.

Ostensibly a mini-carnival for the public’s enjoyment and to raise awareness of … 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 »