Tag Archives: Richard Ottaway

Benn’s selection is another sign that the voters always lose

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Next year’s General Election candidates in the borough’s southern-most constituency confirm the political consensus, says JON BIGGER The Labour Party today selected the Hon Emily Sophia Wedgwood Benn to stand as their candidate in Croydon South at the … Continue reading

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Tony Benn’s granddaughter offered a selection open goal

“Oh no,” said one senior local Labour political figure when Inside Croydon informed them that the Hon Emily Benn would be the Labour parliamentary candidate in Croydon South at next May’s General Election. “What a pity. Why’s she putting herself … Continue reading

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UKIP pick Garner as their General Election candidate

UKIP’s members in Croydon South yesterday rejected the questionable political “skills” and charms of Winston McKenzie in favour of a local candidate who has been better known for distributing newspapers, rather than creating headlines for them. Kathleen Garner will stand … Continue reading

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McKenzie’s credibility gap could be too much even for UKIP

UKIP party members in Croydon South this afternoon choose their parliamentary candidate to contest next May’s General Election. Politically, it may prove to be Winston McKenzie’s last stand. Greater London offers pretty poor electoral pickings for the Eurosceptic party, but … Continue reading

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UKIP carnival’s Winston McKenzie wants to stand again

There are lies, damned lies and statistics. So when do two people constitute “40 per cent”? When it is UKIP in Croydon trying (just a bit too hard, it seems) to portray itself as being “diverse”. And when you factor … Continue reading

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Croydon MP missed the riots but now calls for water cannon

Comedy special on BBC this morning, where the Sunday Politics – apparently a serious current affairs programme, even though presented by Andrew “Brillo Pad” Neil – featured an item on how unrepresentative Parliament is, on the housing crisis, and briefly on … Continue reading

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Does Croydon’s new council have much to rave about?

One month on, WALTER CRONXITE, our local elections pollster who was first to call correctly the result of the Croydon Town Hall vote, takes a look behind the scenes in Fisher’s Folly to see what changes might be in store … Continue reading

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How the Loadsamoney mentality has cost us our country

It does not take an Einsteinian definition of insanity to realise that there is something profoundly wrong in one of the world’s richest economies when there is an ever-increasing demand for food banks. Yet on discovering that our financial markets … Continue reading

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Threat of UKIP sees Croydon’s Tories press the panic button

VOTE 2014: The Conservatives, who have run Croydon Council since 2006, have pressed the panic button over the UKIP threat to their control of the Town Hall. The local Tories sent out their distress signal in leaflets distributed across the … Continue reading

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Elm Tree Cottage garden announces charity open days

On the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, you have a chance to step back into the 19th Century with a visit to the garden of a house in Croham that offers a feel for how the area around Croydon might … Continue reading

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Where Croydon’s Tory MPs lead, PM David Cameron follows

Is “Call Me Dave” Cameron taking tips on how to behave like an utter twat from his Tory colleagues in Croydon? First, we heard about the dodgy, blatantly party political letter which the Prime Minister had sent out, on No10 … Continue reading

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Calibre of candidates in local elections called into question

Hat-tip to the Tory blogger and LBC radio presenter Iain Dale for this, which he linked to on Twitter with the note: “And these people want to represent us?” Up to the April 24 deadline this week, all candidates who … Continue reading

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‘Coulsdon was sentenced to be crucified last night’

There was a mixture of dismay and outright anger among Coulsdon residents after last night’s strategic (ha!) planning meeting at the Town Hall saw six Tory councillors vote through the planning applications for Barratt to build 677 houses on the … Continue reading

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Council leader Fisher commits to paying for Cane Hill road

The fix is in. Cane Hill, the 677-home yuppie housing estate which Barratt will be building on the site of the former asylum near Coulsdon will get its additional access road, according to a promise made by Mike Fisher, the … Continue reading

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Bad day for LibDems in Sutton – and for St Helier Hospital

Stephen Fenwick, a councillor in Sutton, was forced to resign as a Liberal Democrat yesterday after pleading guilty in court to racially aggravated assault. Fenwick was given a conditional discharge and a fine, after admitting a drink-fuelled rant in a … Continue reading

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