Tag Archives: Britain

Food Bank Britain 2013: some uncomfortable truths

There is a debate in parliament today on the rising use of – and need for – food banks in Britain in 2013. Inside Croydon’s Christmas Appeal this year is for Croydon Nightwatch, the local charity which dispenses food to … Continue reading

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Roller Derby get their skates on to back Nightwatch

LILY “COOPER” RAE and ALEX “PUNK” CAMPBELL invite you to support a charity fund-raising event this Sunday This Sunday, December 1, a very special Christmas roller derby event is taking place in a tucked-away sports centre in Carshalton – and … Continue reading

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Syria, Parliament and the local MPs who want it all ways

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Where do local MPs stand on the issue of intervention in Syria after Thursday night’s votes in the House of Commons? In some cases, it is hard to say, writes ANDREW PELLING, especially for the MP who voted … Continue reading

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Even in Croydon, the Tories are split over Europe

The splits in the Conservative party over Europe, so widely reported nationally, are even apparent between two of Croydon’s MPs, reports ANDREW PELLING With UKIP polling as high as 20 per cent in opinion polls this week, Croydon’s Conservative MPs … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Peter Staveley, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Fisher battle through to second day at Rosslyn Park 7s

RUGBY ROUND-UP: John Fisher School‘s senior rugby squad faces a daunting morning today, as the National Schools 7s go into a second day at Rosslyn Park, kicking off at 11am with a game against Rydal Penrhos. The schools 7s season … Continue reading

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Off with their heads: time to cut back on councillors

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Politics is broken and we need to fix it, says DAVID CALLAM, as he offers some radical solutions to reduce the costs of democracy at the Town Hall and at City Hall Our institutions need some major surgery … Continue reading

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Is Boris the man to make prefabs sprout in London?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: DAVID CALLAM muses over the mess our council has made of one of its most important community responsibilities Housing in Croydon is in crisis. A combination of lazy politicians and greedy developers has brought us to a parlous … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Housing, Mayor of London, Planning, Property, Purley Way, Ruskin Square, Tramlink, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Crystal Palace tram decision is “disgraceful and inexplicable”

One of the country’s leading transport experts has described Mayor Boris Johnson’s decision not to fulfil his promise to deliver a tram extension to Crystal Palace as “disgraceful and inexplicable”. Christian Wolmar, the author of several books on transport policy … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Croydon North, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Where there’s a wheel, there ought to be a way for cyclists

Croydon is scarred by urban motorways that divide the borough, cutting off people from their homes and work. KRISTIAN GREGORY, of the Croydon Cycling Campaign, says it is time to make people more of a priority than cars The picture … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Community associations, Commuting, Croydon Cycling Campaign, Croydon Ramblers, Cycling, Environment, Health, London-wide issues, Parking, Planning, Schools, Tramlink, Transport, Walks | Tagged , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Ready, set, go: trowels at the ready to bury a bad idea

An initiative by the Royal Horticultural Society inspires SUSAN OLIVER to start thinking how the idea of competition is doing more harm than we think There is a lot of competitions on television these days. Contests involving baking, cooking, singing, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Olympics, Activities, Addiscombe West, Croydon Federation of Allotment and Garden Societies, Environment, Gardening, Susan Oliver | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Our council’s “solution” for the economy: tax the unemployed

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Local trades unionist ANDREW FISHER, pictured left, sees a worryingly spiteful trend in social policy in the borough The campaign against welfare is the centrepiece of the coalition government’s policy agenda. It started with the Chancellor George Osborne, … Continue reading

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Londoner forced to go to end of the earth in Olympic sacrifice

Ignore the statistics pumped out so far this week about the Olympic Games and Britain’s quest for 48 medals in the coming 16 days of high-octane sporting action. Here’s a set of stats much closer to home: London is a … Continue reading

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Jubilee pageantry reinforces reasons for the Queen’s reign

DIAMOND GEEZER reports from the banks of the Thames, where he had a prime view of Sunday’s Royal Pageant on the river, and offers his own view after 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II The Jubilee weekend’s … Continue reading

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Krugman or Gideon: who’d you trust to get economics right?

It is a simple choice: at a time of the deepest global economic crisis the world has faced, possibly even worse that the Great Depression of the 1930s, whose advice would you take? Would you trust the judgement of two … Continue reading

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Croydon’s MPs decide you won’t get a vote on Europe

How did your MP vote at Parliament last night over whether there should be a European referendum? ANDREW PELLING reports The chairman of Croydon’s UK Independence Party has been left exasperated after all three of the borough’s MPs last night … Continue reading

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