Croydon's Future

Nothing gets done in Croydon

Would de Gaulle have seen similaries between Croydon and Brazil?
General Charles de Gaulle
"Brazil is the country of the future; and will always remain so"
A quote from General Charles de Gaulle, a former President of France

The meaning of De Gaulle’s observation is not clear at first, but after a moment's reflection, its scathing power becomes apparent.  De Gaulle's point was that Brazil had great potential but due to poor politics, inequality, a dismal infrastructure and poor economic management, Brazil was unable to capitalise on its great natural resources. Fortunately, in recent years, Brazil has reformed itself and is beginning to capitalise on its great strengths.

Is Croydon like Brazil in the past? The place of high aspirations where nothing ever gets done?