Friday, September 23, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON Another week, another blow to the welfare of the Island’s vulnerable residents. The council’s executive has now officially decided to reduce the number of respite beds at Westminster House, a facility which looks after people with learning difficulties.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
THE front-page shocker in last week’s CP must have sent many Islanders scuttling to their garden sheds in search of rakes, shears and any other horticultural tool with which they might defend their inalienable right to grow a giant marrow, pinch out their runner beans and spread liquid mulch around their tomatoes.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
The end of the summer hols upon us, it’s time for the kids to prepare to return to school. In the bad old days, this involved trailing along to W. H. Smith in pursuit of a shiny plastic pencil case and a fountain pen which, mysteriously, didn’t leak in the shop but did the moment you got it into the classroom.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON HOW invigorating to learn of the latest developments in the affairs of Island Line, that on-going saga which has enthralled the Island with its delicious combination of Thomas the Tank Engine muddles and Machiavellian intrigue.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON WHILE those promoting tourism on the Island claim there’s a welcoming smile for anybody who chooses to visit us, they might like to make an exception in the case of David Hoare.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON YES, here I am, returned after a relaxing summer break, during which events both on and off the Island largely passed me by.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
THERE has been righteous indignation all round this week on the Island after comparison website uSwitch named the IW the 15th worst place to live in Britain.
Friday, July 15, 2016
ALAN MARRIOTT It is the A word that seems to blight our society these days. I seem to encounter it more and more and I have to say, it is making me pretty depressed.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
We might be in a topsy-turvy state of uncertainty but not even a referendum can alter the cycle of the seasons or the course of the planets, or, most comfortingly, the realisation that summer is here and with it, the immutable customs which we perform on the Island.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
There is likely to be a certain amount of wariness among IW tourism firms at the idea they should make a proportionate contribution to a proposed Wight BID (Business Improvement District), an initiative which has been vigorously promoted by David Thornton, chief executive of Visit IW.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON ASSUMING all has gone to plan, and Mr Farage’s scary immigrants didn’t trash the polling booths yesterday, the referendum will have taken place and, by the time you read this, we should know whether we still have a future within the EU.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON Tremendous news in last week’s CP letters page, with the unexpected but very welcome return of the Rev Dr Steven Wilkes to its columns. The ‘Dr’, incidentally, is a new addition since his last letter and we must congratulate him on this latest acquisition.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
I DON'T know, really.” I’ve heard that particular assertion many times recently, usually from people who will very probably vote Brexit in this month’s referendum.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON YOU KNOW how, when you’re watching some sporting contest between two opposing sides, you want them both to lose?
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Having pledged a year ago to donate his pay rise to “good causes on the Island” but then being noticeably absent from the Sun’s published list of MPs who had given their pay rises to charity.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON OUR council may be completely casual about the state of the Island’s listed buildings but it’s seriously heavy-handed about its new waste disposal regulations.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON WHILE crime should be frowned upon (unless it’s a Shakespearean murder, in which case it’s literary culture), there are some misdemeanours which, albeit reprehensible, definitely brighten up one’s day.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTONA NEW computer system is to be set up in GP surgeries across the Island, a technological triumph which will enable patients to access their medical records, make online bookings and order repeat prescriptions.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTONI WAS enchanted to learn recently of yet another accomplishment to add to the repertoire of party tricks that can be performed by the Island’s MP. As is already known, Mr Turner has a pleasing baritone voice and can sing the first verse of O Come All Ye Faithful in Latin.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
CHARLOTTE HOFTON POLLING cards have now arrived on Island doormats for the election on May 5 of “the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire police area”.