What Kind of a City Are We? How Portsmouth Treats Refugees

Many international problems have a local dimension, and the refugee crisis is no exception. Andrew Larder asks whether our city, which has a long and proud tradition of welcoming desperate people from all over the world, could be doing more for those fleeing violence, privation and persecution.  How far is twenty miles from Portsmouth Guildhall? Read more

116,000 Women Across the Solent Region Need State Pension Equality

With the General Election and more recently the offer of apprenticeships from a government minister, the Solent WASPI campaign against women’s state pension inequality has had a lot to deal with. Shelagh Simmons and Carolyne Jacobs, Joint Co-ordinators for Solent WASPI Supporters’ Group, update us on the campaign’s progress. WASPI stands for Women Against State Read more

Cross-Party Representation on Hampshire Fire Authority Slashed as Membership Reduced

Portsmouth Conservative councillor Frank Jonas was voted in as a temporary Deputy Member of the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority at today’s Full Council meeting, beating Liberal Democrat Councillor Matthew Winnington, whose nomination was supported by Hampshire Fire Brigades Union (FBU). S&C reproduces FBU Vice Chair, Mark Chapman’s deputation to Full Council below, which highlights Read more

Portsmouth City Council Must Support Homeless People, Not Scapegoat Them

Portsmouth resident and community activist, Alan Burgess, responds to UKIP’s Cllr Galloway and his motion for ‘the local police force to be more vigilant and to help the Council to remove the ever increasing beggars and rough sleepers that are beginning to dominate the city’, in a deputation he will give at the Full Council Read more

Zapped by Emperor Galloway: Portsmouth UKIP, the Homeless and Science Fiction

Horror author and satirist Justin MacCormack examines UKIP’s latest local gaffe through the lens of dark and dystopian science fiction. In the wake of the Grenfell Tower inferno, I expected there to be a respectful pause before our politicians began calling for a purge of the poor. But no, UKIP quickly stepped up to the Read more

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Common Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Almost 1 in 10 women in the UK are diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – why don’t we know more about it? Portsmouth-based blogger and broadcaster Laura Mitchell finds out why. In August 2016, I sought advice from my GP for a painful case of acne that had been breaking out on my face for Read more

The App that Withered on the Vine

Portsmouth University student Dyanni Swhyer-Brown laments the loss of an ingenious social media app that launched careers, raised important social issues and brought disparate people together. Dyanni Swhyer-Brown Death doesn’t have happen to a human to be sad. Hearing about the death of a service dog you’ve never met, would bring a tear to anybody’s Read more

Getting Our Heads Round Grief

Grief is a natural response to the loss of something, or somebody, very dear to us. Portsmouth-based writer and motivational speaker Rikki May shares his hard-earned advice on the subject. It’s inevitable that all of us will experience loss at some point. Loss affects so many people and in a variety of ways. There’s an Read more

Election ’17: Save Women’s Pensions in Portsmouth

Pensions is a key issue in the forthcoming General Election. The Solent branch of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign is pressing for fair transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s who have been hit by state pension age rises with little or no notice. Group Joint Coordinators, Shelagh Simmons and Carolyne Jacobs, told S&C, ‘Our campaign has Read more

Everyone Goes to Sleep – Except Me

Claire Pearse reports from the frontline of insomnia where the hardest battle is against boredom and time passing far too slowly.  You would never guess it but being awake in the early hours of the morning is extremely boring. Here I sit at my messy desk in my university halls room. The curtains are shut Read more