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

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: No Tactical Voting, Labour Can Win Portsmouth

Claire Udy is an occasional satirist for S&C. She thought joining Labour in 2015 after Corbyn was elected would be a hobby for her to learn about politics. Instead it changed her life. In that short amount of time she has already witnessed a local election, an EU referendum, and a Labour Party leadership challenge. Read more

Election ’17: It’s Not Easy Being a “C” Word

In response to S&C’s call for Conservative perspectives on the election, Ian Morris explains why he will be voting for the incumbent party despite the strong feelings he has encountered online and off.  Sadly yes it’s true, I am a Conservative. You might think that, at a time when we have a majority Conservative government 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

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

Portal Double Zero Part II

By Jon Crout Otto was allocated a bunk in a dormitory, and he only realised how much his aching body needed to rest once he was lying down. As he stretched out, he thought deeply about what he was finding out. Everything seemed great. Compared to what he was used to, problems were being solved, Read more

Keep Calm and Brexit

Putting her own political views aside, Oriana Bevan calls for calm and pragmatism in this uncertain post-Brexit world. Brexit has been a Pandora’s box, unleashing a whole host of new crises for British politics. Most people at the forefront of the Brexit and Remain campaigns are now gone, the Labour Party is in meltdown and the Tory cabinet has changed swiftly Read more