Election ’17 Results: Jack Caramac Special 1

After his popular Election ’17 Specials – check out Part I, Part II and Part III – Jack Caramac returns with some post-election responses to the media, and to our political leaders, at home and abroad. Read more

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: 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: Theresa May Cannot Protect this Country

Portsmouth writer and resident Richard Williams has never been so angry with a politician until now, when Theresa May has managed to avoid scrutiny over her record on counter-terrorism and national security, while elements of the media construct Jeremy Corbyn as weak and wobbly on these issues. ‘Enough is enough.’ So now we know. Theresa Read more

Election ’17: Jack Caramac Special Part III

It’s election week and S&C visual satirist Jack Caramac is back with the final part of his Election Special series, re-imagining political leaders from the UK and USA in ways you’ve never seen before. Read more

Election ’17: Jack Caramac Special Part II

With just six days to go before the big day, we’re proud and tickled to present more jpeg jocularity with Mr Jack Caramac, Portsmouth’s premier visual satirist. Read more

Election ’17: Jack Caramac Special Part I

S&C’s resident visual satirist Jack Caramac returns with a bumper election hamper of take-offs, send-ups and put-downs. The not-so-great and the not-so-good beware!   Read more

Election ’17: A Modest Proposal for a Tory Future

Teacher, poet and commentator Guy Walker offers an uncompromising personal opinion on the prospect of five more years of Conservative rule. Thinking about voting Tory in June? Do you consider yourself a decent person? What you are saying by voting Tory is: I want the NHS to be razed to the ground and replaced with 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

S&C Presents… Taking the P Out of Pompey: Satire in a Dangerous Age

‘Ours is a useful trade, a worthy calling. With all its lightness and frivolity, it has one serious purpose, one aim, one speciality, and it is constant to it: the deriding of shams, the exposure of pretentious falsities, the laughing of stupid superstitions out of existence.’ So wrote Mark Twain over 100 years ago, but Read more