CROYDON IN CRISIS: Ten minutes of radio featuring a live spat between two very well-paid politicians over why we do, or don’t, need another politician provided a splendid example of the self-serving futility of the borough’s political duopoly. By WALTER CRONXITE, Political Editor
BBC London staged a debate live on air yesterday which was the radio equivalent of two bald blokes fighting over a comb.
In the red corner was Steve Reed OBE, the MP for Croydon North/Lambeth South. In the blue corner was Croydon South MP Chris Philp.
The discussion was over whether Croydon should stick with the “strong leader” model of Town Hall patronage or have a directly elected mayor, an alternative system that we, here at Inside Croydon Towers, have long ago characterised as #ABitLessShit.
Croydon is staging a borough-wide referendum on October 7 to determine whether to make the switch from one flawed system to another.
The only real shock to emerge from the broadcast, compered by BBC Radio London’s star presenter Vanessa Feltz, was that Blairite Reed made a declaration at the beginning, apparently for those from outside the fetid bubble of Croydon’s politics, to try to extricate himself from a hole of his own making: his opposition to the Blairite policy of directly elected mayors. Continue reading