City status for Croydon? Never on a Sunday

Aspiring status: the re-dedicated Croydon Minster. Nothing to do with city status judging by our local councillors

Croydon Council’s renewed campaign for city status was recently the subject of an online poll at the Croydon Guardian, where 47 per cent of respondents are either against the proposal altogether or “couldn’t give a shit” (we think that’s what it said).

It would seem that the senior councillors in the ruling Conservative group’s cabinet are of a similar opinion.

According to our source in the stalls, none of them could be bothered to attend Sunday morning’s dedication service that saw the Parish Church upgraded in status to become Croydon Minster.

This may seem odd, because we are sure that the enhanced status of Croydon Minster will be used in submissions to support Croydon’s city status application.

Yet none of the Tory cabinet members were there.

Maybe Sara Bashford had a library book to return?

Or Phil Thomas could not find anywhere to park his two cars?

Perhaps the dynamic and very, very busy Tim Pollard, who is now in charge of “winning” city status for Croydon, was occupied elsewhere, what with all that voluntary work he does on the Croydon Conservatives’ website?

And Steve O’Connell, the local councillor, Met Police Authority member and London Assembly member who is paid more than any other councillor in the whole of England and Wales? He couldn’t make it to the church on time, either. Maybe his £118,000 doesn’t cover Sunday mornings?

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