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Clive Smith

CLIVE SMITH: Salisbury open for business? You must be kidding

Home secretary Sajid Javid has visited Salisbury and Amesbury to check-out the locations of where the four people have been affected by the nerve agent Novichok.
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Is Portsmouth really a junk food paradise?

CLIVE SMITH: Who ate all the pies?

Portsmouth has just been given the dubious honour of becoming the fast food capital of the south-east.
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England fans are gradually getting into the mood

CLIVE SMITH: I’ve gone back on my word and joined the World Cup frenzy

I wrote a column a couple of weeks ago, before the World Cup started, about Portsmouth being the most expensive place to watch the tournament in the UK and how the average person watching it would spend on average £1,252 during the competition.

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Schools should not be expected to wash their pupils' clothes, says Clive

CLIVE SMITH: Parents have no excuse for sending dirty children to school

A primary school in Stoke-on-Trent has said it may install a washing machine because according to the headteacher there is a rise in pupils attending school with ‘washing and hygiene issues’.

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Kathryn Osgood

CLIVE SMITH: Girls who enter beauty contests are doing it of their own free will

Seventeen-year-old Kathryn Osgood, from Bedhampton, has won Miss Portsmouth and with enough votes in her heat will be able to progress through to the Miss England finals. Good luck to her, I hope she makes it.

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The Lush store on Oxford Street, London, one of more than 100 of their high street cosmetic stores facing backlash for featuring a 'damaging and distasteful' campaign criticising undercover policing. Picture: PA Wire

CLIVE SMITH: Lush’s undercover cops campaign backfired spectacularly

Dave Humphries, the police Inspector for Havant and Waterlooville took to Twitter to express his anger at the poster campaign by cosmetic chain Lush which decked windows in more than 100 of its shops with posters depicting a policeman with the words ‘Paid to Lie’ and fake police tape bearing the words ‘Crossed the Line’.

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Tributes left at the site of Mutiny Festial at King George V playing fields in Cosham   Picture: Malcolm Wells

CLIVE SMITH: Every music festival should have anonymous drug-testing tents

The whole debate about drugs – whether you think it’s cool, boring or stupid – when you have young people dying in the circumstances that happened at Mutiny Festival then it’s all irrelevant. Everyone agrees it’s tragic.

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Why not give �10,000 to hard-pressed pensioners?

CLIVE SMITH: It’s pensioners who deserve ‘free’ cash, not millennials

According to the Resolution Foundation – a ’prominent’ Think Tank – every 25-year-old in the country should be given £10,000 to close the widening economic gap between generations. What rubbish. I think the Think Tank needs to think more.

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Alcohol for sale in an Edinburgh off-licence as Scotland became the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing for drinks.

CLIVE SMITH: Scots will still get cheap booze, but from bootleggers

So Scotland has become the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price for alcohol – a minimum of 50p per unit of alcohol.

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Alfie Evans, who died last Saturday

CLIVE SMITH: Alfie Evans should have been allowed to die in peace

Just like the Charlie Gard case last year there was another stand-off between hospital and parents as Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool wanted to turn off the life support of terminally ill Alfie Evans and his parents who wished to take him to Italy for further treatment.

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Don't worry children, it won't hurt a bit...

CLIVE SMITH: Third World War fears from the internet generation

So, the US had just said it was leaving Syria, effectively allowing Assad free reign. What is Assad’s reaction? Drop chemical weapons on people and bring America back again. It doesn’t make sense. What has he got to gain by doing this?

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Police at the scene in Link Street, Hackney, east London after a man in his 20s died after being stabbed. Picture: Press Association

CLIVE SMITH: People are dying, so to hell with political correctness

Not a day goes by at the moment without reports of more stabbings and death on the streets of London.

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Would fat-shaming cure our obesity crisis?

CLIVE SMITH: Fat-shaming could be the cure for our obesity crisis

There are yet more crackdowns and recommendations in the pipeline to curb the obesity crisis in the UK.

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Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend's pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as 'gas the Jews'and 'Sieg Heil' by raising its paw. He said he made the video to annoy his girlfriend Suzanne Kelly.

CLIVE SMITH: This country used to be a bastion of free speech

Comedian Mark Meechan posted a video on You Tube that showed his girlfriend’s dog giving a Nazi salute every time he said ‘gas the Jews’.

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Southsea not the French alps. Picture:  Shaun Roster'shaunroster.com PPP-180203-141441001

CLIVE SMITH: It was Southsea not Val d’Isère

Oscar Wilde once condemned it as ‘the last refuge of the unimaginative’ but there really is nothing we Brits love more than talking about the weather. It’s up there with swigging tea and forming orderly queues when we want to get in somewhere.

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Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, evacuating the school after the shooting

CLIVE SMITH: Guns aren’t born evil – people are

It seems hardly a week goes by now without a mass shooting in America.

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Romantic - Saddam Hussein

CLIVE SMITH: Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn about Valentine’s Day

I always look forward to Christmas, Halloween and even Easter. With a few days’ leave and the bank holidays you can get a decent amount of time off work – but Valentine’s Day leaves me cold. This year was no different.

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A true representation of Britain or an embarrassment?

CLIVE SMITH: Streets should be cleared of homeless for royal wedding

Much to the dismay of many, the leader of Windsor council, who called on police to remove rough sleepers ahead of the royal wedding has survived a vote of confidence by councillors.

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Grid girl - outdated or 'fine by me'?

CLIVE SMITH: Come the revolution, I’d double the number of walk-on girls

So, you’ve always wanted to be a model. You’ve finally got your big break, on TV no less, but someone has been offended on your behalf and now you’re outside the job centre, smoking roll-ups, sharing cans of Tennents Super and someone’s Staffy has just peed on your Louboutin shoes – so much for empowering women.

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Donald Trump - has caused outrage again

CLIVE SMITH: What’s wrong with Trump calling it as it?

Donald Trump has caused outrage around the world again. Apparently in a meeting with a group of lawmakers he expressed frustration that the United States was taking in too many people from countries he described with an abusive term; countries from Africa and the Americas. He then suggested America should be taking in more people from the likes of Norway.

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