Election ’17 Results: Jack Caramac Special 1

After his popular Election ’17 Specials – check out Part I, Part II and Part III – Jack Caramac returns with some post-election responses to the media, and to our political leaders, at home and abroad. Read more

8 Reasons Why I Voted Labour for Portsmouth South

Local writer and commentator Matt Wingett captured many S&C readers’ attention when he changed his mind about tactically voting for the Liberal Democrats in Portsmouth South and voted Labour. Here he outlines just some of the lies and distortions in the media during the election campaign that helped change his mind. During the election campaign, Read more

Hurrah for the DUP! An Election Reflection with Sir Eugene Nicks 

Many Conservatives are concerned about their parliamentary party’s new deal with a hard right-wing, terrorism-linked outfit from Northern Ireland. Not so our regular pundit Sir Eugene Nicks, QC, KBE.  Good Lord that election was a close shave, wasn’t it? We almost had for PM that buffoon who looks like he’s just staggered out of a Read more

It Ain’t Half Hotwalls: Could Portsmouth Politics Be Less Divisive?

Portsmouth Green Party member, Mike Wines, gives a personal account of Tory Minister Phillip Hammond’s recent visit to the Hotwalls Studios and the somewhat surreal fracas between Labour and Conservative activists, members and campaigners that followed. I was quietly sitting at home before the election, pondering what to do that afternoon when it popped up Read more

Election ’17 Results: Desperation, Not the Left or Right, is Driving Politics

S&C regular and local writer, Matt Wingett, explores the growing resentment with austerity that drove the results of last weeks’ general election, and how the Prime Minister could have so badly misunderstood the electorate. It’s not the left and it’s not the right that has been driving politics in the last few years. That’s the Read more

Election ’17: Covering a Snap Election – the View from the Frontline

Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, revisits the last 6 weeks of election fever in a behind-the-scenes look at how S&C worked with local residents and writers to bring alternative perspectives to local mainstream news. When Theresa May called a snap election on 18th April, my heart sank, for many reasons. Chief among them was the Read more

Election ’17: ‘Positive Change for Our Country’ with Stephen Morgan

Mark Wright speaks to Labour candidate for Portsmouth South Stephen Morgan about the urgent need to fight the Tory cuts in Portsmouth, his enthusiasm for Labour’s radical manifesto and the necessity for all of us to engage with the democratic process.  Mark Wright: With the general election coming up, what do you think are the Read more

Election ’17: The Marshal and the Mayniac

Portsmouth-based historian and acclaimed author of The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion 1215-17, Richard Brooks, argues that important lessons from the medieval period should be remembered in this current age of Brexit, economic crisis and nationalist bigotry. 800 years ago, England was divided and beleaguered. Through ineptitude and treachery King John had lost Read more

Election ’17: Green Grass Roots Activism with Ian McCulloch

Ian McCulloch, Green Party candidate for Portsmouth South, talks to Mark Wright about electoral reform, the unpleasantness of Laura Kuenssberg and his party’s proposed second referendum on leaving the EU. Mark Wright: With the General Election coming up, what do you think are the important issues at both local and national level? Ian McCulloch: A Read more

Election ’17: ‘May’s Appearances Have Not Done Her Any Favours’

Portsmouth University academic and media analyst Emma Austin talks to Mark Wright about grass roots activism, the disturbing gap between political image and reality, and the fuzzy messaging that could alienate traditional Tory voters on June 8th. Mark Wright: What do you think are the important issues in this election? Emma Austin: The important issues Read more