CROYDON COMMENTARY: Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory is a stark indication that the political system is broken, not only in America but in Britain, too, says TED KNIGHT, pictured left, the chair of the Croydon Assembly
Many people have told us how powerless they feel.
Decisions about local jobs, housing, education, nursery provision, care for older people, surgeries, hospitals, transport, local amenities, parks and open spaces are out of our hands.
Their voices and interests are ignored in favour of developers and what the government tells the council to do. Democracy is noticeable by its absence in Croydon, just as it is throughout the UK.
These same conditions helped produce Trump in America and we believe that the political system is broken on both sides of the Atlantic.
That’s why the Croydon Assembly is meeting on Saturday November 26 to draw up a People’s Plan for Croydon.
There is a growing demand for change, as was shown in the social movement that supported Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as leader of the Labour Party and also in the EU referendum result which expressed, among other things, people’s frustrations with the political set-up at local, national and international level.
The Croydon Assembly meets from 10.30am until 4.15pm at Ruskin House (23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD).
The musician, poet and political activist Attila the Stockbroker will make a special guest appearance to open the Assembly.
After an introduction by Philipa Harvey, former president of the National Union of Teachers and local activist, the Assembly will break into groups to discuss how to create a People’s Plan as a basis for action in Croydon and beyond.
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