Election ’17: Covering a Snap Election – the View from the Frontline

Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, revisits the last 6 weeks of election fever in a behind-the-scenes look at how S&C worked with local residents and writers to bring alternative perspectives to local mainstream news. When Theresa May called a snap election on 18th April, my heart sank, for many reasons. Chief among them was the Read more

Election ’17: ‘A Better Future for the City’ with Gerald Vernon-Jackson

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Liberal Democrat candidate for Portsmouth South, talks to Mark Wright about the problems facing Portsmouth, how the Conservatives ‘buy elections’, and how the Lib Dems have moved on from 2015. Mark Wright: With the General Election fast approaching, what do you think are the important issues at both national and local level? Gerald Read more

Election ’17: Does Your Labour Candidate Really Support Corbyn?

Uncertainty lingers about Labour candidate for Portsmouth South Stephen Morgan’s true feelings towards Jeremy Corbyn and the progressive policies of the Labour leadership. Mark Wright makes an appeal for transparency. As part of S&C‘s election coverage, I have been interviewing local politicians and commentators to find out their thoughts on a range of topics. A Read more

Election ’17: A Doddering Mob of Cringeworthy Cretins

Looking for a General Election commentator known for his honesty, integrity and rationality? Sir Eugene Nicks, QC, KBE, falls some way short of those standards, but S&C is an equal opportunities employer so we let him have a go anyway. As you might be dimly aware, readers – and most of you are rather dim, let’s be honest – Read more

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

In the second part of Katie Roberts’ interview, Jon Woods of Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), discusses the ‘obscenity’ of Trident, the risks of tactical voting and the perils of Islamophobia. Katie Roberts: There’s a view that when people feel threatened by issues such as immigration and national security 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

Lib Dem Leader Demands Continuous Recounts of Portsmouth’s Charles Dickens Seat

Our guest satirist Claire Denise Udy reports on a little-known local election story. Portsmouth Guildhall have postponed all events for another night as Gerald Vernon Jackson demands recount after recount. Residents of Portsmouth have spoken over their dismay of the election of a councillor to the Charles Dickens ward in the last council election. Current Read more