Knife crime and police numbers

Posted on September 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

New figures paint a grim picture, but police aren’t the only group involved in a solution

The latest crime figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) aren’t good news. They show the largest annual rise in police recorded crime in a decade.

However, trends in reported crime don’t necessarily reflect changing levels of actual crime. Reported crime is influenced by changes in recording practices and … Read More »

Alphabetism is dominating Croydon

Posted on September 17th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Robert Ward takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the patterns that might, in a Dan Brown novel, dictate Croydon’s destiny

I have for some time felt left out by not having a handy scapegoat for my failures (they can’t possibly be my fault, can they?). It was whilst looking through the ballot paper for the Labour leadership (not mine, I was rejected as a supporter by … Read More »

Datablog: Croydon’s housing market

Posted on September 9th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Once again, Robert Ward crunches the numbers so that you don’t have to

Housing has been on my mind to examine for some time. What kept me from doing so was not the complexity. It was the opinionated rhetoric.

Look no further than the blog by Councillor Newman, the leader of Croydon Council or Councillor Butler’s press release on landlord licensing for routine landlord-bashing, … Read More »