Portsmouth shipbuilding loss 'tragedy for city'
What would Nelson have made of it? Before the Battle of Trafalgar he signalled "England expects".
But is it the argument over Scotland's independence that has left shipbuilding holed below the waterline in the Royal Navy's headquarter port?
Considerations relating to the upcoming referendum seem to have trumped the hi-tech yard which is run by BAE in Portsmouth.
The move of the old Vosper Thornycroft shipyard from Southampton to Portsmouth meant that kit was among the best in the world. But the Clyde carries more weight at the moment.
Even Nelson could not have turned a blind eye to Alex Salmond.
High politics ends Navy shipbuilding in Portsmouth
What would Nelson have made of it? Before Trafalgar he signalled "England Expects." And it is the argument over Scotland's independence that has left ship-building holed below the waterline after 500 years on the south coast.
Already work on the new aircraft carriers is being moved from Portsmouth to Glasgow, and now Phillip Hammond says he will order three new warships to tide the Govan and Scotstoun yards over until the bigger order to replace existing Type 23 frigates.
Is Balcombe fracking's first stumble in the South?
We spent several hours just trying to find a vantage point to film Cuadrilla's rig through the trees.
The steeply sloped piece of woodland near the Sussex village of Balcombe is called Lower Stumble.
Eastleigh by-election a grudge match
So now we know. Eastleigh voters will go to the polls on Thursday, 28 February.
A short sharp three-week campaign, even before the resigning MP Chris Huhne has been sentenced for perverting the course of justice.
Is it "The Bloomberg Speech"?
Tony Blair had his Chicago speech, Maggie's was in Bruges. We had been waiting six months for what David Cameron's advisers called "The Speech".
When it was finally judged the right time to promise an In/Out referendum arrangements were first made to deliver it in Germany.
Dignity Charter to reduce abuse in care
What do you understand by dignity? The word itself sounds old-fashioned. For vulnerable adults, though, it's a quality in short-supply.
The Dignity Charter drawn up this week by Reading Borough Council aims to restore a sense of worth, a sense of mutual respect.
Salisbury protesters 'knit it to the man'
The patient craft of knitting conjures images of a warm fireside, the steady click, clack of needles creating a comforting jumper or sock.
Who knew that knitting could also line up alongside the megaphones and placards of a protest rally?
Southampton Council believes in appliance of science
Plan for 2,000 new homes on Winchester fields refused
Planning is a confusing place at the moment.
In deciding whether the green fields of Hampshire should be covered with new homes planning inspectors can no longer rely on the regional strategies which are being scrapped by Eric Pickles in his bonfire of quangos.
George Osborne seeks Revenue check on 50p tax rate
The chancellor says "there is a re-basing of global assumptions about the economy" and surely we know that the prospects of growth are about to be down-graded again.
The markets fear a second recession. But George Osborne believes that Britain can be seen as a safe haven. He says our banks are less likely to fail than those in France. There is no chance of raising taxes like Italy.