Election ’17 Results: Desperation, Not the Left or Right, is Driving Politics

S&C regular and local writer, Matt Wingett, explores the growing resentment with austerity that drove the results of last weeks’ general election, and how the Prime Minister could have so badly misunderstood the electorate. It’s not the left and it’s not the right that has been driving politics in the last few years. That’s the 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: Does Your Labour Candidate Really Support Corbyn?

Uncertainty lingers about Labour candidate for Portsmouth South Stephen Morgan’s true feelings towards Jeremy Corbyn and the progressive policies of the Labour leadership. Mark Wright makes an appeal for transparency. As part of S&C‘s election coverage, I have been interviewing local politicians and commentators to find out their thoughts on a range of topics. 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: Portsmouth Socialist Party Backs Jeremy Corbyn

When the leader of the opposition pledges to bring the railways and energy giants under public control, you know this is no ordinary election. Joe Larkin, a member of the Portsmouth branch of the Socialist Party, explains why he is voting for Labour this election. There is no doubt that the Labour Party’s manifesto – Read more

War is Failure: An Interview with a Veteran for Peace Part III

The final part of Tom Sykes’ exclusive interview with Graham Horne, South East Coordinator for Veterans for Peace, touches upon state-corporate propaganda, US-UK war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and why Jeremy Corbyn isn’t anti-war enough. Tom Sykes: Various people have tried to sue the British armed forces for alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more

Got the Pompey Labour Blues? Join the Tories Instead!

In the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election, reactionary members of the Labour Party are pondering their next move. Sir Eugene Nicks, Policy Advisor to the All-Portsea Conservative, Regressive and Imperial Association (established 1799), has a proposal for them. As someone who was voted ‘Most Devout Tory in Portsmouth’ every single year from 1933 to 2015*, Read more