Category Archives: Politics

This must never, ever, happen again.

1) Fox hunting cost us seats on its own, including Portsmouth South. We wasted hours and huge effort telling people Flick would vote against any attempt to lift the ban, but the “nasty Tories” message had flashed out on social … Continue reading

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The Left

I’ve referred often to Richard Crossman’s diaries in this blog and on Twitter. As a writer, and in terms of being a practical politician, he easily eclipses other diarists of his age up to and including Tony Benn. Benn’s vast … Continue reading

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A Blog About Nothing Much Happening

The local elections were held on Thursday May 5th, 2016. So little happened in Portsmouth that it has taken me nearly a month to summon up the enthusiasm to record the event for posterity. Compare the composition of the City … Continue reading

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Burnham and Mandelson: a deadly double act?

Seeing my blog retweeted by Labour supporters, and linked from Labour blogs and websites is a novel experience, and I suspect not a practice that will outlast their election fiasco by very long. The funniest comment was “good analysis, interesting … Continue reading

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The Blairites’ Last Stand

The amazing thing about the Labour leadership contest is that anyone is amazed it has become a complete fiasco. The controversy we see now is not the exception in Labour politics – the exception was the Blair leadership. The row … Continue reading

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Lib Dem Election Gimmick Special: “Pompey tickets for the kids?”

I’m all in favour of getting more kids into Fratton Park. Anyone who’s spent long enough watching Pompey will realise how the hikes in ticket prices, moves to all-seater stadia, and increasing competition from football on TV have pushed the … Continue reading

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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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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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