Introduction (under construction at the moment)

He states in his literature that he supports grants for students, but privately opposes them

He declares he will fight bureaucracy (see above) but this must be limited to small-scale problems with the likes of utlities etc. He didn't seem to have the stomach to engage in a 'real' battle against bureaucracy ( in this country, Universities are about as good an example you can find of publicly-funded unaccountable bureaucracies ). This would also appear to be the case with Bonnie Tall (and John Pickering) who were sacked for exposing corruption in Portsmouth Polytechnic (resulting in the Principal being asked to leave). Hancock got his name in the newspapers as representing Bonnie Tall but never achieved any result, or seemingly bothered to devote too much time to the issue in general.

To use a hackneyed phrase which nevertheless is appropriate here : it appears to me that Hancock is more bureaucratic than the bureaucrats he claims to oppose

He seems completely unaware of the four "D"s of the bureaucrat

The Things They Say .............

Former council leader Phil Shaddock: 'Mike has been an inspirational politi­cal force in Portsmouth for us (the Lib Dems). People know here that he will work hard for them, fight their corner and promote the city. That's why we have become the biggest party on the council; it is all down to Mike and the trust he has built over many years.'

Andrew Roth of The Guardian:. Mike Hancock is a deeply-rooted working class type with union roots - unusual for a Lib Dem, which could explain much of his success in Portsmouth.'

Councillor Paula Riches .