Election ’17: A Tory Win Will Bring NHS Privatisation and Social Division

Mark Wright talks to a South Asian resident of Portsmouth, “Charu Whitlam” – he requested S&C not to use his real name – about the privatisation of the NHS, the ‘fearful’ attitude of many Britons to migrants and the lack of ‘other’ perspectives on the root causes of terrorism.  Mark Wright: With the General Election 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: 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: Penny Mordaunt’s Turkish Tall Story

Poet and photographer Richard Williams is not a member of any political party and has no axe to grind. However, he would like our politicians to act with integrity and to know what they are talking about. Penny Mordaunt, incumbent MP for Portsmouth North, slipped below such standards during the EU referendum’s Leave campaign. It Read more

Dodging the ‘N Word’: Being Black and Female in (Mostly) White, Male Student Halls

What happens when a woman of colour from vibrant South London moves into a student flat in Portsmouth with a group of mostly white men? Dyanni Swhyer-Brown reveals all. I stared out of my window at the sunset shining through the gaps between the James Watson Hall and the surrounding buildings. I ducked at one Read more

If You Want a Nincompoop for Your Neighbour…

We reluctantly present some words of praise for Portsmouth’s most (in)famous Conservative by Sir Eugene Nicks QC, KBE: soldier, lawyer, lover, brother, mother and Policy Advisor to the All-Portsea Conservative, Regressive and Imperial Association (established 1799). Ladies, gentlemen and your valets, before I wax on and wax off about the scalding topic of the day, Read more

Portal Double Zero Part I

By Jon Crout Otto staggered to the toilets, as much for shelter as to answer a call of nature. Those recently reformed, sing-along baldies were coming to the end of their over-familiar set, and he was quite keen to get some respite from the persistent drizzle that had been soaking the crowd on the common Read more

Could Brexit Get Even Worse?

JS Adams fears that the Brexit fallout could threaten our civil liberties, our economic relationship with the rest of the world and even peace and stability across Europe. I have no evidence that Brexit could trigger another world war, but it can’t be a coincidence that Britain was at peace with Europe all the time it was Read more

Brexit’s Racist Consequences

Maddie Wallace draws attention to the disturbing spike in racist and xenophobic incidents that has occurred since the EU referendum. This week I’ve been talking to my sons about racism. I don’t want to have to talk to 9 and 10 year olds about something as inherently disgusting as racism, but they’re old enough to Read more

Brexit Doesn’t Go Far Enough

We present an almost considered opinion about the EU referendum from our columnist Sir Eugene Nicks QC, KBE, Policy Advisor to the All-Portsea Conservative, Regressive and Imperial Association (established 1799). I trust all Star & Crescent readers are as delighted as I am by the result of the Grand Patriotic Plebiscite. This was a victory for fear Read more