Election ’17: Smears, Cuts and Real Alternatives with Jon Woods Part I

Katie Roberts talks to Jon Woods of Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) about Jeremy Corbyn’s election chances, the shifting loyalties in Portsmouth politics and a Conservative councillor’s audacious attempt last year to smear Jon and other local activists. Katie Roberts: Could you start by telling us a little bit Read more

The Siege of Somerstown Part III

The Siege of Somerstown: Being a Portion of the Records of a General of the Fifth Hants Involuntary Air Rifles Concerning an Infantry Sortie on Behalf of the Crown and Portsmouth City Council’s Department of Colonial Warfare After leading an infantry charge against the recalcitrant subjects of the Empire’s outer reach – or Somerstown to Read more

Why Portsmouth Needs To Reclaim The News

Back in April, we celebrated our first birthday with a showcase event at the University of Portsmouth. Our Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton reflects on S&C’s first year as Portsmouth’s only independent hyperlocal aiming to #ReclaimTheNews. Star and Crescent was born of frustration with the local media, particularly political coverage in the city, which too Read more

Portsmouth Tory Dirty Tricks – A Degrading Episode

Shelagh Simmons reflects on the Tory smear plan revelations and concludes that the public deserves a lot more than the feeble excuses and hypocritical counter-arguments offered so far.  Everyone knows that politics can be a nasty business and we have seen over the years that Portsmouth is no exception. But most people assume the dirty tricks to happen between parties, so when we find out Read more

Sisters Uncut: Portsmouth Tories Should ‘Stop and Listen’ to Opponents, Not Smear Them

Following yesterday’s breaking news on S&C of a Tory plan to ‘smear’ opponents to council cuts, local charity Aurora New Dawn and campaign group Sisters Uncut respond. Hampshire charity Aurora New Dawn revealed today that they are the charity named in Cllr Scott Harris’ email to the entire Conservative administration – including Council Leader, Donna Read more

Portsmouth Tory Smear Plans Exposed

A leaked email from Cllr Scott Harris to all Conservative councillors – including the Leader and the Lord Mayor – calls for the Conservatives to ‘play dirty’ against a local resident, a charity, a city council worker and campaign group Sisters Uncut. By Sarah Cheverton. Today it was brought to the attention of Star and Read more

Councillors Hint at New Domestic Violence Services Following Campaigners’ Pressure

Sarah Cheverton reports on a Twitter exchange between Hampshire domestic violence charity Aurora New Dawn, the Council Leader and local councillors hinting at new service provision for victims of domestic abuse, following local and national protest at last month’s announcement of funding cuts to council domestic violence services in 2017/18.  The Leader of Portsmouth City Read more