Gentrification in Croydon: addressing the elephant in the room

Seven days after Westfield and Hammerson were given the green light for their £1.4bn transformation of Croydon town centre, the Conservative-led Croydon Council administration of the day proclaimed that ‘Croydon is on the crest of a regeneration wave’. They failed… Continue Reading


Speak out about domestic abuse

Last week I attended an event hosted by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, where an overview of the latest crime statistics for Croydon was presented. Sadly, the presentation highlighted there has been a marked increase in the number… Continue Reading


Conservatives stake their claim to the ‘immigrant vote’

During his recent interview with Parliament Street, Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell stated that “all immigrants are natural Conservatives”. One assumes that Barwell would have compelling evidence to support the homogenisation of 7.5 million people (based on the 2011 Census).… Continue Reading


Current affairs on TV: why so pale?

I take a keen interest in current affairs and regularly watch Newsnight and Question Time, two flagship programmes broadcast by the BBC which provide a forum for experts to debate key issues of the day. It always strikes me as odd that despite the… Continue Reading