Winston McKenzie


Controlling, influencing and subverting the media’s portrayal of Croydon

Posted on August 19th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Jonny Rose exhorts Croydon citizens to change the narrative in the national media

It has often been said that Croydon has an ‘image problem’.

For decades, the borough has been maligned for its unflattering hairstyles and lumpen residents. David Bowie described it as “so f**king boring”. Carnival organiser and UKIP canon-fodder Winston McKenzie described it as a “dump”. Then there were, of course, the … Read More »



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: Slow cars and slower judicial reviews

Posted on October 23rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Tom Black explores one of the ‘hot’ issues dividing Croydon, and prepares to twiddle his thumbs for a while

Is twenty plenty, or merely trendy?

How fast should cars be allowed to drive on residential roads?

If you accept the current situation as fine, then you’d say 30mph.

If you were part of our local governing party, Croydon Labour, you’d say 20mph.

If you … Read More »