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: Close-Up on Flick Drummond’s Voting Record

Ahead of the general election, S&C Ed in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, takes a critical look at MP for Portsmouth South, Flick Drummond’s voting record across a range of issues since her election in 2015, with the help of the full voting records kept by TheyWorkForYou.com. Social issues Voted against allowing a terminally ill person to 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: ‘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

Election ’17: The May is All for U-Turning, and the Soundbites Can’t Hide It

The great political soundbites are vividly memorable and powerfully persuasive. But, as Mark Wright argues, the current Conservative election campaign is obsessed with empty platitudes that barely conceal the u-turns, flip-flops and mis-steps that have seen the Tories’ opinion poll lead shrink to a single point. ‘If you couldn’t say it in less than 10 Read more

Election ’17: ‘We Should Show a Brexit Settlement to the People’ with Darren Sanders

Darren Sanders, Liberal Democrat candidate for Portsmouth North, talks to Mark Wright about the need for affordable housing in Portsmouth, the importance of consulting the British public on any Brexit deal and the function of alternative, hyperlocal news organisations in a modern democracy. Mark Wright: With the General Election coming up, what for you are the important issues at both Read more

Election ’17: A Tory Win Will Bring NHS Privatisation and Social Division

Mark Wright talks to a South Asian resident of Portsmouth, “Charu Whitlam” – he requested S&C not to use his real name – about the privatisation of the NHS, the ‘fearful’ attitude of many Britons to migrants and the lack of ‘other’ perspectives on the root causes of terrorism.  Mark Wright: With the General Election Read more

Election ’17: Why I’ve Changed My Mind About Tactical Voting

Almost a month ago, S&C regular and local author Matt Wingett wrote on this website that he’d be voting tactically for the Liberal Democrats. He has since changed his mind and will now vote Labour. Here he explains why. At the beginning of this election campaign, Labour was 20 points behind the Conservatives, we were Read more

Election ’17: A Rowner Remainer Under Brexit Siege

Writer, adventurer and planetary modeller David Angus feels under siege. He lives in a part of Gosport that was vulnerable to the propaganda of the Leave campaign during the EU referendum. So how will the General Election pan out for Gosport, Britain and Europe? This morning I got the Conservative party manifesto through my letterbox. Yesterday Read more

Election ’17: Penny Mordaunt’s Turkish Tall Story

Poet and photographer Richard Williams is not a member of any political party and has no axe to grind. However, he would like our politicians to act with integrity and to know what they are talking about. Penny Mordaunt, incumbent MP for Portsmouth North, slipped below such standards during the EU referendum’s Leave campaign. It Read more