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

Fire Service Cuts Motivated by Money Not Safety

Last week, Liberal Democrat councillors called a special meeting of local authority councillors and fire officers following repeated concerns about the impact of budget cuts on Portsmouth’s fire service, particularly in relation to fires in high rise buildings. A local firefighter and representative of the Fire Brigade Union has been working with S&C Editor in Read more

The Liberal Democrats in Portsmouth – Past, Present and Future

Matthew Winnington, Eastney and Craneswater Liberal Democrat Portsmouth City Councillor, reflects on his party’s showing in the general election and looks forward to next year’s local polls. The general and local elections in Portsmouth this year were in some ways a microcosm of what happened nationwide both in parliamentary seats where the Lib Dems were Read more