Author Archives: Stuart Crow

TV Debates and the Hypocrisy of Alastair Campbell

I watched the “ITV leaders’ debate” last night, but on BBC News, because their feed of it was running a couple of seconds ahead of ITV itself. In the Twitter age, two seconds is a long time in politics. But … Continue reading

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Mike Hancock and Gerald Vernon-Jackson – will the real Lib Dem candidate please stand up?

I can’t believe anyone in Portsmouth, least of all anyone who follows politics closely, was surprised that Mike Hancock has announced he is going to stand again to be MP for Portsmouth South. He has kept himself busy in Parliament, … Continue reading

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Owen Jones and the Bankers under the Bed

Portsmouth Cathedral has kicked off its series of Lent lectures, “A Faith-based manifesto?”. The series aims to encourage people “to think and reflect on how the way we vote might be informed by our faith, beliefs and values.” In the light … Continue reading

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McCarthy & Stone Stopped

There’s already a good write-up from The News of last night’s Planning Committee meeting at which the Savoy Buildings development was discussed again, after the previous deferral which, we thought, was going to be used by the developer to ‘have … Continue reading

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Ched Evans and Football as a Market Economy

I am not going to delve into the legal arguments around Ched Evans’ conviction – that is under review already and the review will proceed regardless of the shouting. The argument of his supporters goes that he has served his … Continue reading

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The UKIP Fox-hunter, or, “How nothing much has changed in British politics in 300 years”

UKIP MP Douglas Carswell has an excellent piece in the Daily Mail on the folly of xenophobia. I was very disappointed that he felt the need to leave the Tory Party and join up with UKIP, so many of whose … Continue reading

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The Perils of Flogging Football Shirts

The partnership between Sondico and Pompey FC has become a subject of great controversy. I am not going to say anything here in the way of “trade secrets”. Nothing I say here is intended as criticism of the club; on … Continue reading

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South Parade Pier Repairs Order Issued

Portsmouth City Council announced a few weeks ago that the owners of South Parade Pier, Fred Nash and Dawn Randall, would be served with a repairs order for what The News accurately described as “the derelict attraction”. After years of … Continue reading

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Irony and the Internet

There has been a dispute running for some time now between the Fire Brigade Union and the government over the issue of pensions, culminating in a bit of low-profile strike action but a lot of social media indignation. I am … Continue reading

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UKIP Holocaust Row Looms As Mr Denny Disappears

I have long had doubts about the suitability of UKIP’s newly-binned prospective Parliamentary candidate for Porstmouth South, Douglas Denny. When I first heard he had been selected by the local party, a quick bit of Googling soon revealed something of … Continue reading

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