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Meet the new boss? Southampton prepares to go to the polls

April 30, 2012 by


All 3 main parties are fighting hard in the run up to the local elections on Thursday 3rd May, which could see the political map of Southampton significantly changed.  As is our custom, we present you with a rough guide to what’s going on and our own vague predictions! First, a trip down memory lane […]

Class Angst at the Nuffield: A Review of ‘Alchemy In The UK’

November 14, 2011 by


Edward Learman reviews ‘Alchemy In The UK’ written by Maggie Nevill which recently premiered at The Nuffield Theatre in Highfield, and talks unemployment, class and life after graduating from university A fortnight ago I was fortunate to attend the last showing of Maggie Nevill’s recent play Alchemy In The UK directed by Peter Sandford and […]

Southampton University Student Union slammed by editors of the Wessex Scene over censorship

May 23, 2011 by


The editors of the Wessex Scene, Southampton University’s student newspaper have slammed Southampton University Student Union (SUSU) for censoring the paper in an open letter published on their website. Dan Webb and Jessica Fuhl, the Editor and News Editor of the Scene, published the scathing article on Monday afternoon, and claim that SUSU have repeatedly […]

The straw-man referendum: how the AV debate misses the point

May 3, 2011 by


As well as local elections, this Thursday 5th is the national referendum on whether to change the voting system for MPs from first past the post (FPTP) to the alternative vote (AV).  However, the campaigns on either side of the debate have been far from honest, and the context of the referendum remains politically murky.   […]

Southampton goes to the polls: Summary and Predictions

May 3, 2011 by


Councillor seats across Southampton are up for grabs this Thursday 5th, with many expecting the local election to deliver a verdict on how the Council is dealing out the cuts dealt out by the coalition government. Seats in all 16 wards are holding elections for councillors alongside the referendum on AV, with a slew of […]

Campaigning begins in SUSU elections, TDB analyses the manifestos

February 24, 2011 by


Campaigning has begun for Southampton University Student Union’s (SUSU) annual election, with a wide slate of candidates running. Blowhole reporter Mike Gecko takes you through some of the main manifesto points and where the Union could do better. Thirty candidates have stepped forward for the 10+ positions, with eight running for the President role. Most […]

Funding for Southampton’s Women’s Aid Centre to be slashed, crucial helpline threatened

February 15, 2011 by


Amongst the services threatened by the City Council’s budget cuts is Southampton’s Women’s Aid Centre.  Rhiannon Clare Frame-Jones, SU Feminist Society’s Publicity Officer, presents the case for protecting the centre and gives some advice on how to complain about the cutbacks .   This Thursday the 17th February, the local council will consider whether or […]