Jack Brown: I want to be lit up in London again

I’ve got a new favourite song. It’s called I’m Gonna Get Lit Up When The Lights Go Up In London, and it dates from 1940. It’s about the London-wide street party that the song’s writer, the illustrious Hubert Gregg, was anticipating at the end of the Second World War and his intention to celebrate by […]

Jack Brown: The rules of Tube etiquette – an update

London is a fast-moving place. As a world city, we often face global challenges. These challenges can arrive suddenly and lead to an acceleration of the pace of life. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge has hit the capital first and hardest but, unusually, has led to a slowing down, rather than […]

Jack Brown: the government’s Stronger Towns Fund ignores London’s poor communities

If, for some strange reason, you need a reminder of where British politics is at right now, have a look at how Monday’s announcement of the government new £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund has been received. This is a new pot of money to be invested on a “needs-based formula” designed to “boost growth and […]

Jack Brown: London must play its part in reuniting the UK after Brexit

As a capital city, London has an important job to do. It gives a home to national government. It is a base for business and a hub for jobs and opportunity. It showcases the country on an international stage. It supports the nation. But is London doing its job properly? People across the country feel […]

Jack Brown: Rush hour Tube etiquette – unspoken rules and why they matter

My name is Jack Brown and I have used public transport in London all my adult life. However, over the past few months, the frequency with which I commute at rush hour using the Underground has increased. I am fortunate in that I live at the (best) end of the Victoria Line, and so am […]

Jack Brown: We need to bridge the gap between London and the rest of the UK

London needs more than £35 billion of investment in its five biggest infrastructure projects, according to a recent Mayor of London-commissioned report by Greenwood Strategic Advisers, Mind the Gap. This investment could boost the UK’s economy by nearly £34 billion a year by 2050 and increase HM Treasury’s tax take by almost £10 billion a year […]

Comment: Jack Brown on why we shouldn’t worry too much about the London Stadium

At the beginning of this month, the Mayor’s office released a critical report on the management of the London Stadium, formerly the Olympic Stadium and now the home of West Ham United. The report, by accountants Moore Stephens, accompanied the news that Sadiq Khan is fully taking over the public sector’s ongoing responsibility for the stadium, […]

Chris Brown: Planning powers, delinquent owners and the agony of Mitcham Cricket Club

As the country basks in the summer heroics of Ben Stokes, Jack Leach and the rest of the England cricket team – or not, depending on how the final two matches in the Ashes series against Australia turn out – it is depressing to watch, down in South London, the long, drawn out agony of […]