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: ‘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: Make Your Tactical Vote Count

Want to stop the Tories from winning yet again in Portsmouth? Writer, historian and S&C regular Matt Wingett argues that tactical voting is the only realistic option. This year’s General Election looks set to bring five more years of Tory rule, highly aggressive and damaging Brexit negotiations in Europe and, at home, more ideological austerity, Read more

Portsmouth Artists’ Season: Samuel H James (higgy_)

Inspired by Dadaism, Jazz LP cover designs and the fiction of JG Ballard, Samuel H James (higgy_) talks us through some of his surrealistic ‘digi-collages’. ‘Cogs & Flues, Ostrich’   This piece has a vibrant wash in terms of colour and theme. The elegance of the flamboyant flamingos has been highlighted by a brighter spark Read more

What Donna Can Learn From Donald

In the spirit of boosting the ‘special relationship’, Sir Eugene Nicks KBE of the All-Portsmouth Conservative, Regressive and Imperial Association (established 1799), celebrates the similarities between the leader of Portsmouth City Council and the new leader of the Free World. Isn’t this a whizzo time to be alive, readers? Me old mucker and business partner Read more

It’s Easier To Prove Pompey’s Vices Than Her Virtues

Francis Davis starts his walking travelogue of Portsmouth in a unique homage to George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier with a thought-provoking wander through class, culture and the perils of the coastline. A fifth year once died on the Portsmouth Grammar School students’ swim across the Solent.  At least that is what someone told me, I Read more

Homeless Voices from Portsmouth

As a follow-up to her investigation into the growing numbers of people sleeping rough on our streets, Holly Wells shares with us her encounters with two of those very people. Roy Age: ’45.’ Time on the streets: ‘On and off since 2008. 13th September this year is when my landlord kicked me out. I’ve done the sofa surfing Read more

Help for Homeless?

Following news that the number of homeless people in Portsmouth has trebled, Holly Wells finds out why – and who is out there to help. A homeless man is sat in a doorway in Southsea. With only a rucksack, a flask of tea and a baseball cap filled with coppers, he still manages a smile Read more

Preventing Crime, Not Picking Up The Pieces: An Interview with Simon Hayes

Ahead of Thursday’s election, Sarah Cheverton talks exclusively to Simon Hayes about his three and a half years in the new role of Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire & Isle of Wight, and why he’s so keen to be re-elected. Can you tell me a little bit about the role of Police and Crime Read more

Why Are the Poor and Vulnerable Paying For Portsmouth Austerity?

Cal Corkery, a Portsmouth Homelessness Support Worker working with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, has given Star and Crescent permission to publish his deputation to councillors at last week’s Portsmouth City Council meeting to decide the budget savings for 2016/17.  I’ve been asked to make a contribution on behalf of Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together looking Read more