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Monday, November 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONBY the time this column appears, there will have been a council meeting at which, in all probability, as reported in last week’s CP, a motion will have been discussed, calling for “a planning sub-committee to adjudicate on disagreements between ward councillors and the head of planning”.

Now for the next fright

Now for the next fright

Saturday, November 7, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONSO that’s Halloween over for another year, thank goodness. Always the same, isn’t it? Stupid pumpkins and tacky bits of spidery stuff and over-excited people, festooned in the most hideous tat, shrieking around the streets.

Bake-off, not Banksy, for Isle of Wight

Bake-off, not Banksy, for Isle of Wight

Saturday, October 31, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON IS THE Island deemed to be a philistine backwater, as far as culture is concerned? Judging from the huge success of this month’s Literary Festival, this is certainly not the case.

Alarming way we treat police

Saturday, October 24, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON LAST week’s headline, “Police cuts put 999 in danger”, is alarming, to say the least. What, no police car, with flashing lights and screaming siren, arriving within seconds of our call to summon help because we are being burgled, assaulted, terrorised by marauding hordes of drunken youths?

A magic wand for the Island

Saturday, October 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONWHICH of us doesn’t enjoy daydreaming?

The making of a yoof writer

Saturday, October 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON A fascinating insight into the lives of young people when, in last week’s CP, we met the three new reporters who will be taking over this newspaper’s youth site.

Prolong life – then what?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON THE NEWS that e-cigarettes could be available on prescription has a correlation with a recent crisis at St Mary’s Hospital which should concern us all.

We must seem a very odd lot

We must seem a very odd lot

Saturday, August 22, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONAnother day, another wrangle, another U-turn, another cock-up.

Moore & Lyon

Moore & Lyon

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A COUPLE whose first date was at Thorpe Park theme park, Simon William Moore and Catherine Rose Lyon, were married at All Saints’ Church, Newchurch, where the bridegroom was christened 24 years ago.

Blasting bullies

Sunday, August 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONTHE Island’s school students and those responsible for educational standards don’t always get a good press.

Hard task of public office

Hard task of public office

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON THESE are bad times for faith in public office. Lord Sewel, not content with boasting about having his nose in the trough, also used it to allegedly snort cocaine through rolled-up banknotes at a sex romp held in his flat.

Boredom can be creative

Saturday, July 25, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONFOLLOWING George Osborne’s announcement of plans to legislate for extended Sunday trading hours, the Island seems to have given the thumbs-down to the chancellor’s idea.

Hidden joys of cycling to class

Saturday, July 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONAMID all the gloom and wrangling on our news pages, there is at least one item to lift our hearts.

Let’s shoot a tired old fox

Saturday, July 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONSINCE his victorious return to Westminster, it’s good to see our MP busying himself with important matters that are of much benefit to the Island. I am especially impressed by two questions in particular he has raised in Parliament and I am confident we shall all profit greatly if he can only get the answers.

Press one for utter despair

Saturday, June 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTONNETTLESTONE and Seaview Parish Council is reportedly upset at the length of time it takes to make telephone inquiries to County Hall and has requested the matter be sorted out. This action comes as a result of the IW Council seeking suggestions for improvements.

A suitable case for treatment

Saturday, June 20, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON The NHS is a mystery, whose workings are unfathomable — even, I suspect, to those who are running it. At the moment, Jeremy Hunt is our secretary of state for health. He has the look of a slightly surprised adolescent but I suppose Mr Cameron thinks he’s up to the job.

Is 26.3% really most of the Island?

Is 26.3% really most of the Island?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON GOSH, that was exciting, wasn’t it? All that speculation about hung parliaments and rumours of upsets on the Island and what happened?

Shower power amid wurzels

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A CAREER change is always good for keeping one’s faculties up to speed and I hope there will be no shortage of people who will consider running The Sportsman’s Rest pub at Porchfield.

Polls Odyssey ends with Iliad

Polls Odyssey ends with Iliad

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON DURING the forthcoming three-week run-up to the election, there will be times when I shall need a secluded spot away from it all. Some place where I can forget the whole depressing imbroglio of the Island’s fate — most particularly, since all the candidates are either ghastly or useless or both, the inevitability of this extremely needy constituency being landed with a duff MP.

Let’s drive to common sense

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE HOFTON COMMON sense is a commodity that has been sadly devalued by the belief that what you need be successful is a degree, whether or not it’s of any use — got one of those business administration masters things?

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