Tony Benn

Where are the bon mots of yesteryear?

Posted on June 11th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Politicians of all stripes used to be able to move a crowd, whether or not the audience agreed with them. Is that the case in Croydon and the UK’s politics today?

I think it was around 1970 when I realised the power of words. It was definitely somewhere around the time that my generation invented sex.

Several friends belonged to the likes … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Benn a shoo-in for Labour in Croydon South

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

The granddaughter of the late Tony Benn is all-but assured the Labour selection in true-blue Croydon South, writes Tom Black

Emily Benn to win Labour selection for Croydon South

Last November, the Croydon South Conservative Association selected their parliamentary candidate for 2015. My predictions were fairly wide of the mark, I must sheepishly admit. This week, however, I can assure you that Labour’s selection result in … Read More »

Print Archive: April 2014 News Magazine – Croydon underwater

Posted on May 1st, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. Comments Off

In this issue, the Citizen looks at the 2014 Croydon floods, the economy of #Croydon #TechCity and the David Lean Cinema

Happily and not too surprisingly, this month’s cover image did not come to pass, but there’s no denying that flooding was a big issue for Croydonians. Homes were evacuated, transport connections were cut off and a spontaneous lake appeared in Purley, complete with its own personality … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Remembering Tony Benn

Posted on March 20th, by David White in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

In a guest edition of the Public Gallery, regular reader David White remembers Tony Benn, who died last week at the age of 88

“It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause…and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you” – Tony Benn

I first met Tony … 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 »