Millwall and New Bermondsey: even the tax issues are not black and white

Earlier this week, I wrote that the dispute between Millwall Football Club and Lewisham Council over the proposed redevelopment of land adjacent to the club is not a tale of  “community resistance” to a venal alliance between “Blairite” […]


Millwall & New Bermondsey: it’s time to get this story straight

For most of 2017 and for some time before, Millwall Football Club, a group of its supporters and the sports pages of the Guardian have been conducting a campaign against the plans of Lewisham Council to have 30 acres […]


Millwall and New Bermondsey: independent report finds claims of impropriety against Lewisham Council ‘unfounded’

Allegations of impropriety against Lewisham Council over its handling of a major redevelopment project in the vicinity of Millwall Football Club have been rejected as “unfounded” by a former senior judge brought in to conduct an independent […]


Cockney’tivity: the confecting of a ‘social cleansing’ row

Another day, another “social cleansing” article from the Guardian, whose news and opinion sections appear to be entirely at the service of anyone out there who can scare up some new iteration of that fatuous concept. “A theatre company […]


Sadiq Khan has been in crowd-pleasing mode at Labour conference

Sadiq Khan is noted for his steely communications style, which exasperates opponents and provides audiences with messages he wants them to hear. His contributions to Labour’s conference week so far suggest that life in City Hall has robbed the […]


Lewisham mayor hopeful defends New Bermondsey scheme and criticises Guardian coverage

A contender to become the next Mayor of Lewisham has defended the council’s attempt to use compulsory purchase powers (CPO) to push through a controversial major redevelopment project in South Bermondsey and launched a stinging attack on […]


The Guardian’s London ‘exodus’ claims are wrong

Readers of the Guardian could be forgiven for believing that London is emptying out, its population plunging due to an unprecedented “exodus” brought about by its high housing costs. This fits with a wider, populist Grand Narrative which […]


Millwall & New Bermondsey: Willow Winston gives evidence to FoI tribunal

In a cramped meeting room on Bloomsbury’s elegant Alfred Place, artist Willow Winston, characterised elsewhere as the “unlikely hero in the fight to save Millwall Football Club” from “aggressive redevelopment”, painted a broader background canvas. She […]


Millwall & New Bermondsey: affordable housing ‘rising towards 35%’

Opponents of the proposed redevelopment of land around Millwall Football Club, known as the New Bermondsey scheme, include in their list of complaints the small proportion of new homes that the existing planning consent requires to be […]

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Millwall and New Bermondsey: the Dyson inquiry gets underway

Supporters of Millwall FC will be delighted to have clinched a place in the League One play-offs, thanks to a dramatic win on Sunday. But their minds will also continue to be on that other important […]