Category Archives: History

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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ARK Schools’ Insult to Portsmouth and Charles Dickens

The News are carrying the story on their front page today of how Charles Dickens Primary school, which is converting to an Academy this coming school year, is losing the “Charles” from its name.  I am in general a supporter … Continue reading

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Blair Twenty Years On

It’s a little bit more than 20 years on for me.  I was one of many who were struck by his dazzling performances against Michael Howard, both as his shadow as Employment Secretary and then Home Secretary.  Blair shone against … Continue reading

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“Tricorn – Controversy in Concrete” at the City Museum

There is no controversy in my view.  The Tricorn was a thing of great beauty and enormous potential, and the City Council were bloody idiots to knock it down.  For a long time, that felt like a small-minority view, but … Continue reading

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UPDATE 4/12/13 Portsmouth City Council’s Planning Committee today approved both the planning applications submitted in support of the ARTches project.  More from me on today’s meeting is here.  Original blog continues below: As this blog must seem to regular readers … Continue reading

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HMS Excellent 1830-1930

I was shopping in Chichester last week when I came across the centenary history of the gunnery school at Portsmouth, published by Charpentier of Portsmouth.  The famous Excellent, Collingwood’s ship, ended her days moored in Portsmouth Harbour, and the earliest … Continue reading

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The Miners: Thatcher vs Wilson

UPDATE 4/1/14 I’ve been reading the stories over the last couple of days in the wake of the latest archive releases under the “30 year rule” which have been picked up so excitedly by some in the media.  This blog … Continue reading

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A quick post about slow trains

I often moan on Twitter about the uselessness of our privatised railways.  As the late Robert Adley predicted, it has become a sort of “poll tax on wheels”, pleasing nobody and not delivering any measurable improvement in the affairs of … Continue reading

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