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”.
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.
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.
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?
Saturday, October 10, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTONWHICH of us doesn’t enjoy daydreaming?
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.
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.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTONAnother day, another wrangle, another U-turn, another cock-up.
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.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
CHARLOTTE HOFTONTHE Island’s school students and those responsible for educational standards don’t always get a good press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?