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Consultations: are they worth the paper that they’re written on?

Posted on January 12th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Questioning the benefits of so-called ‘consultations’

Consultation is a good thing, right? It means that you get asked your opinion: your opinion about what housing might be built next to your home, whether you want to live in a 20mph zone, or maybe how education might be funded. That’s got to be good, hasn’t it? Well, I’m no longer sure that it is.

If the state … Read More »

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 »

Censorship rules at Croydon Council

Posted on February 11th, by Mario Creatura in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Conservative councillor Mario Creatura is not happy about new amendments to the council’s rules about petitions

On Monday 25th January 2016, a decision was taken by Croydon Council to limit democratic scrutiny, to restrict the views of the people and to limit the voices of elected representatives. Did you notice?

If you were one of the vast majority of residents to not watch the council … Read More »