We are a city of culture, with no need for fancy labels

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So, the day after Portsmouth was chucked out of the running to be the UK City of Culture in 2017, the secretary of state for culture, Maria Miller, comes to visit.

What does she do? She goes to the heart of the city – the football club and the historic dockyard.

So disappointed is she with what she sees that she goes straight out and pledges £5m of government money to help preserve HMS Victory.

We’ve also just been given a million Euros to be the focal point of next year’s 70th anniversary of D-Day commemorations.

I suppose that makes the point that we’re a city full of culture, regardless of whether we’re given the label or not. Maybe next time we bid, we should ditch Southampton and go it alone.