It Ain’t Half Hotwalls: Could Portsmouth Politics Be Less Divisive?

Portsmouth Green Party member, Mike Wines, gives a personal account of Tory Minister Phillip Hammond’s recent visit to the Hotwalls Studios and the somewhat surreal fracas between Labour and Conservative activists, members and campaigners that followed. I was quietly sitting at home before the election, pondering what to do that afternoon when it popped up Read more

Election ’17: Green Grass Roots Activism with Ian McCulloch

Ian McCulloch, Green Party candidate for Portsmouth South, talks to Mark Wright about electoral reform, the unpleasantness of Laura Kuenssberg and his party’s proposed second referendum on leaving the EU. Mark Wright: With the General Election coming up, what do you think are the important issues at both local and national level? Ian McCulloch: A Read more

Election ’17: The Death of Smarmy Robot Politics?

S&C Contributing Editor JS Adams wonders, amongst other things, whether this election offers alternatives to the usual slick, tightly-managed candidates we’ve been used to ever since the Blair days.  Ask yourself this question: What sort of world am I living in right now? If your answer is that it’s a happy, reasonable and compassionate world Read more

Election ’17: Theresa May ‘Will Promote Any Policy to Get Herself in Power’

Portsmouth University Reader in Film Studies and media expert Deborah Shaw talks to Mark Wright about the significance of Brexit in this election, the options open to progressive voters and the suspiciously cosy relationship between the tabloid press and the Conservative Party. Mark Wright: With the General Election coming up, what do you think are 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

Opposition to Albert Road Strip Club Dries Up As Council Gives Site to Starbucks

Local activists are reeling following news that Portsmouth City Council have given permission for Starbucks to open a new branch on the site of a proposed strip club. S&C’s guest satirist Claire Denise Udy reports. After the second failed bid from local businessman Paul Ojla to move his strip club Elegance from Waverley to Albert Read more

Portsmouth Green Party Event Highlights Plight of Refugees

The newly formed Portsmouth Green Party presents Journeys for peace, an evening with author and journalist Rory O’Keefe and peace activist and author Angie Zelter, at Friendship House on 26th October at 7pm. In the aftermath of the Libyan Civil War, author and former Portsmouth News reporter Rory O’Keefe worked at Choucha Refugee Camp in Tunisia, where he Read more

Think Tank: The Podcast Part I

Back in April, stand up comedian Joe Wells wrote about what motivated him to create a new series of live political comedy shows called Think Tank. If you missed it, fear not, because Joe has kindly allowed us to share the podcast with you. The first Think Tank took place before the General Election at the Read more

A ‘Clash of Worlds’: Think Tank Puts the Laughs into Politics

Stand up comedian Joe Wells writes about his new project bringing together politicians and comics for themed political debate. If I have achieved just one thing in the past 5 years working as a stand up comedian it is getting the vegan, transvestite, anarchist, metalhead, comedian, Andrew O’Neill on the same stage as the Conservative Read more

Standing Up for Others – The Green Party and the Youth Vote

Phoebe Corbett-Stenson gives her view on why the Green Party could be the answer for young people – if only they would vote. It’s fitting that in a recent speech I attended of Green Party leader Natalie Bennett’s, she apologised to the young students filling the audience. ‘Speaking on behalf of my generation to yours, Read more