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Croydon is in a right Pickles and it is easy to work out why

Thurrock, Warrington, Nottingham, Slough, Liverpool, Sandwell… Croydon is far from alone among basket-case boroughs. ANDREW FISHER traces the common cause back to Whitehall Pay more, get less. That seems to have been the message from many councils across the country … Continue reading

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Fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work is not too much to ask

More than 1m work days were lost to industrial action in December 2022, and February 2023 looks like it could be worse, and every one of the strikers has a strong case for better pay, says ANDREW FISHER (right) in … Continue reading

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Croydon surgeries where half GP consultations are by phone

Don’t get old. Don’t get ill. That was the warning about life under a Conservative government 40 years ago, and it holds true today, as ANDREW FISHER, pictured left, discovered when checking out waiting times just to get an appointment … Continue reading

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Higher energy bills, higher tax bills and worse public services

After the financial shockwaves caused by the omnishambles of the Tory Mini Budget, yesterday’s announcements by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt offer little hope of prosperity for the people of Croydon, writes ANDREW FISHER Buckle up. It’s going to be rough. Living … Continue reading

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The £30m in the balance for Croydon in Chancellor’s Budget

The poorest and most vulnerable in the borough are not the only ones who need their benefits uprated by Jeremy Hunt – businesses and the local economy are depending on it, too, writes ANDREW FISHER The Conservative Party’s claims to … Continue reading

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Downfall of Truss leaves Tory Philp facing uncertain future

With the parliamentary Conservative Party in meltdown after a month of chaos under Liz Truss, ANDREW FISHER looks at what’s next for MP Chris Philp and his potentially ‘marginal’ seat of Croydon South The Conservative Party is disintegrating before our … Continue reading

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#TheLabourFiles: It’s long past time to clean-up the Party

Former Labour staffer ANDREW FISHER reflects on what Al Jazeera’s series The Labour Files revealed about his former employers and the party of which he has been a member for 26 years “Poly-ticks”, according to Rowan Atkinson’s Edmund Blackadder, is … Continue reading

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‘Rabbit hutch’ flats and the Chief Secretary: Philp’s conflicts

Ahead of tomorrow’s ‘mini-Budget’, ANDREW FISHER delves into the murky pool of business interests retained by the millionaire Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Croydon South MP Chris Philp Removing the cap on rich bankers’ bonuses, cutting Stamp Duty, slashing Corporation … Continue reading

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New PM gives Philp opportunity to do right thing for Croydon

ANDREW FISHER takes a look at what Liz Truss’s Premiership could mean for Croydon, its MPs and constituencies, its council and its people So, we now have our fourth Prime Minister in just six years, as Liz Truss begins the … Continue reading

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England’s Tories remain enthusiastic only about ground rent

As ANDREW FISHER explains, the cost of living crisis begins with too many people being unable to afford somewhere decent to live, as private rents increase by 15.8% this year “Been spending most our lives living in a landlords’ paradise”. … Continue reading

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Tories’ Not-So-Famous Five offer little real hope for nation

ANDREW FISHER on the search for a new Prime Minister, and what it could all mean for Croydon The ancient Roman poet Juvenal observed that people needed “bread and circuses”. In Britain today, more people than ever are queuing for … Continue reading

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‘No one wants strikes. But I’m happy to stand on the picket line’

‘Travel misery’ won’t be over in south London any time soon. After a week of disruption on rail and the Tube, with airline strikes still to come, ANDREW FISHER, pictured left, appraises next week’s industrial action on Croydon’s Trams After … Continue reading

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After decades of wage stagnation, workers have one option

Croydon’s bin lorry crews are about to start three weeks of industrial action, as train, Tube and now tram drivers are also going on strike. It is often the only course of action that workers can take, writes ANDREW FISHER … Continue reading

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Five years ago, Labour showed how strong policies can inspire

There is much still to learn from the  2017 election manifesto, For The Many Not The Few, says its lead author, ANDREW FISHER Five years ago this week, we were in the middle of the 2017 General Election campaign – … Continue reading

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Voters’ stark choice: scandal-hit Labour or scandal-hit Tories

In his latest column for Inside Croydon, ANDREW FISHER, looks ahead to the most intriguing contest in London’s local elections this year Labour mayoral candidate Val Shawcross has made no attempt to hide her frustration, at times bordering on contempt, … Continue reading

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The Tories’ record on policing numbers does not add up

Crime is an important issue in Croydon’s council and Mayoral elections. Or at least it should be. ANDREW FISHER polices the claims of the competing camps, and adds some essential context Policing matters. The amount of violent crime is higher … Continue reading

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Sly stealth tax rises are ‘economically idiotic’ as inflation soars

A cascade of misery is being unleashed on households as the cost of living crisis begins to bite. By ANDREW FISHER Happy New (financial) Year. Here’s to a 2022-2023 of tax rises, eye-watering energy bills and soaring inflation. Inflation is … Continue reading

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Battle to win the narrative sees a fight for 17% ‘don’t knows’

With a little more than a month before the Town Hall elections, ANDREW FISHER, pictured left, sifts through the shifting opinion polls, nationally and across London, to see what we can learn about how people might vote in Croydon Croydon … Continue reading

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Budget reminder: ‘Better to break the law than break the poor’

ANDREW FISHER waded through the council spending reports and endured last night’s Town Hall meeting so that you didn’t have to… Croydon’s finances are in a state. The blame for that lies with the Conservative government that has slashed Croydon’s … Continue reading

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We need serious solutions to tackle the capital’s crime crisis

A Labour front-bench spokesman was told this week that his suggestion to ‘name and shame’ recreational drugs users was ‘nonsense’. In his latest column, ANDREW FISHER looks at his party’s recurring problems when they try to flex their law and … Continue reading

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What a waste! Tory billions could pay to freeze your Council Tax

The Conservative government is punishing the people of Croydon by refusing to write off any of the council’s debts – but they are happy to write off £13billion from their own cock-ups in Whitehall. By ANDREW FISHER Croydon Council has … Continue reading

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Labour’s disciplinary procedures are all about factionalism

ANDREW FISHER (pictured right), Director of Policy at the Labour Party when Jeremy Corbyn was leader, questions the dubious procedures, the lack of due process and even bullying in the treatment of some Croydon colleagues As reported by Inside Croydon … Continue reading

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After wasted decade, Mayoral candidates need town centre plan

How do you replace a long-promised but never delivered £1.4bn redevelopment in the town centre? In his first column of 2022, ANDREW FISHER (left) offers some suggestions Croydon’s town centre has suffered a torrid time of late. The biggest queues … Continue reading

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Gove won’t ‘level up’ with an extra £1.50 per person per year

With the government’s settlement for local councils announced this week, our columnist ANDREW FISHER takes a look at what Michael Gove and his so-called ‘Levelling Up’ department is really offering “Billions more for councils to build back better” reads the … Continue reading

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‘Managed democracy’ stifles members’ interest in the Mayor

In his latest column, ANDREW FISHER (left) zooms in on the inward-looking and slow process for Labour to choose the party’s candidate to stand for election as the borough’s first executive Mayor Having stifled members’ options, the selection panel in … Continue reading

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