Being a Full Time Mother is Not a Source of Shame

Madeleine Hagan is a student at the University of Portsmouth studying Creative and Media Writing. Originally from North Carolina, she likes telling stories about her experiences as an international student on her blog The Salt Compass ( In her spare time she is a seaside coffee shop tourist, passport stamp collector, and aspiring novelist.   Read more

Board (Games) With Portsmouth Politics

Portsmouth visual satirist and S&C regular Mike Gumbrell creates a new take on an old classic with a board game based on Portsmouth Politics, Portsmouthonopoly.   Read more

Pompey Satire: Trump’s Cards, Cronies and Cat

S&C satirists Mike Gumbrell and Matt Wingett take aim at Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, two of the world’s most powerful men, if not two of the world’s most pleasant. Read more

Democracy in Portsmouth? It’d Be a Good Idea

In the wake of recent protests both local and global, journalist, political commentator and S&C editor Tom Sykes questions how representative our elected representatives really are – in Portsmouth and beyond. Criticisms of democracy have been around since the birth of democracy itself. But new questions are being asked in the West about how fair, Read more

War is Failure: An Interview with a Veteran for Peace Part III

The final part of Tom Sykes’ exclusive interview with Graham Horne, South East Coordinator for Veterans for Peace, touches upon state-corporate propaganda, US-UK war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and why Jeremy Corbyn isn’t anti-war enough. Tom Sykes: Various people have tried to sue the British armed forces for alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more

‘How Can This Be?’ The Surreal New World of Donald Trump

When he heard the news of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, Portsmouth University cultural historian Dr Van Norris was forced to reckon with an uncomfortable new reality that feels weirder and more surreal than the weirdest and most surreal of films. Increasingly, these days I feel like Jack Nicholson at the finale of the excellent Noir Read more

We Care, But We Don’t Want You Here: A Message to Syrian Children

New S&C satirist Ash Jones unleashes his savagely satirical pen on April’s vote to refuse Syrian child refugees asylum in the UK, in which Pompey MP Flick Drummond sent a clear message to Syrian families with her ‘no’ vote. Back in May, Tory MPs surprised the public by unabashedly displaying at least an ounce of Read more

Eye on the News: Council Millions, Devolution and a US Billionaire

Local resident Mike Gumbrell turns his satirical eye to recent headlines, including Portsmouth City Council’s investment decisions, Solent devolution and of course, last week’s Donna Donald Trump election victory. Read more

Seeking Common Ground in Portsmouth: Why We Must Listen to Brexiters

CommonGround is a political organisation looking to build consensus on the future of Europe, post-Brexit and Portsmouth is one of ‘Ten Towns’ featured in their ongoing campaign. Director Eddie Morgan explains why Pompey should get involved in the discussion on where we go from here at an event on 14th November at Somerstown Hub. We Read more

War is Failure: An Interview with a Veteran for Peace Part II

In the second part of our exclusive interview, Veterans for Peace‘s Southeast of England Coordinator Graham Horne talks to Tom Sykes about combat stress, the relationship between the military and the education system and how the new Cold War might go hot. Tom Sykes: Would you say there’s a disconnect between the state’s attitude to Read more