Letter: What do we want and expect from our future MP?

Now Christmas is upon us there is time for renewal and reflection. The burning question in the coming months for many will be what do we want and expect from our future MP? Peter Geach shares his concerns.

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We always welcome a Letter to the Editor to share with our readers – unsurprisingly they don’t always reflect the views of this publication. If you have something you’d like to share, get in touch and of course, your considered comments are welcome below. This from Peter Geach in East Cowes. Ed


I’ll kick off with a few thoughts on my prime issues.

Assisted Area Status
From this, Industry would be encouraged to come to the Island and maybe existing Industries expand.

Cross-Solent Travel
The Monopolies Commission rules there isn’t a monopoly on cross-Solent travel! There is if you want to travel to Lymington or Portsmouth (WightLink) or Southampton (Red Funnel) for vehicular crossings.

Much the same for foot passengers, except Ryde offers a Hovercraft Service as well to Southsea; not the most convenient service if you need the train or bus service from the Hard.

In practical choice there is a monopoly; and this needs to be raised in the ‘House’ by a Private Members Bill or something to amend and bring common sense to the discussion on Monopoly rules for this situation.

Schooling
The Island languishes at the bottom of the National League Tables. Because of its poor showing in Children’s Safeguarding, that Service was taken over by Hampshire Children’s Services.

Demonstratively the Island doesn’t have the people able to do the Education job; that should also logically be outsourced to Hampshire.

However some Official Inquiry should be set-up first to see if anything can be salvaged. I would hope a new MP would be instrumental in driving this through.

Pensioners’ Bus Pass
This is a lifeline for the elderly on modest pension. It allows them to see the doctor, go shopping, bringing their baskets back on the bus and generally doing there own thing and keeping active.

Without this ‘Pass’ for free travel, the Welfare service will become overloaded doing shopping and other chores.

It would seem sensible to limit travel within specific and adjacent counties; the Island and Hampshire. This would make it affordable to retain this essential service without subsidising holiday makers.

The BBC recently made an ingenious programme where they ran a competition for who could travel farthest on a bus pass; a total misrepresentation of the argument; Dom Littlewood should hang his head in shame!

Training
The Island Technical College should be encouraged to run full time four-year apprenticeship courses; but with this twist; the trainee apprentice spends one day a week in Industry gaining ‘on the job’ training.

Firms would be encouraged to take on a student for the four-year term. In return the firm gets a reduction in, say, tax or business rate. During term time the ‘Apprentice’ is paid an allowance through the Technical College. If the Apprentice doesn’t show for his/her work placement, the allowance for that week is docked. Chances are a really keen person may be offered work during holiday time, build a good relationship with the firm and be offered a job at the end of training.

Not ideal, but the best that can be done. The big plus is that that person at the end of training has a skill, that can travel with him/her to find work on the mainland.

What of the Parliamentary Candidate?
The candidate needs to be from and of the ‘Wight’, have worked here for many years and brought his/her children up through the Island state education system. Knows at first hand the problems of getting his/her children into training or University from an Island base.

He/she needs to have experienced all the shortcomings and the good bits of Island Life, and have a clear vision of what is needed to get the Island back in work.

He/she clearly needs robust health so that when called for he/she can put ALL their energies in driving the necessary reforms through without constantly having to pace themselves and look over their shoulder at health issues.

He/she also needs clarity of thought and a sense of fair play; their actions driven by conscience rather than party mantra or by ambiguous rules that can be massaged for benefit in a given situation.

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The Sciolist

Know you of such an incredible person/superhero? If so, who do you have in mind?

kevin1746

“The candidate needs to be from and of the ‘Wight’,”….why?

I would accept that they should have a long association with the Island

peter
Hi Sciolst and kevin1746 I think I do know of such a candidate and furthermore has political experience on a town council and Managerial experience. There is no reason why someone with a long association with the Island should not stand. But it would be better, as I have said if the candidate had first had experience of bringing up his family through the Islands National School… Read more »
Cynic

Peter- that was looking good untilyour last sentence.

Once the candidate is committed to a main party, he/she loses independence of action and ability to vote as his/her conscience dictates rather than as party dictates.

Vix Lowthion
I really disagree that a candidate needs to be from a ‘main party’. We all know that the result of the 2015 election will not be a clear cut majority. And a coalition sharing ministries in the libcon vein is unlikely due to the criticisms each party gets. If – and it’s a very probable if – we have coalition politics in Westminster in May and beyond… Read more »
Mark Francis

“bringing up his family”
So – a man,then?

davidwalter
The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, Conservative, has already worked tirelessly for Assisted Area Status. He has also worked hard for an improvement in the ferries. However, it is barmy for you to call the present ferries a ‘monopoly’. For foot-passengers we have three routes and for vehicles we have a duopoly. Not ideal, but we are a small population. The Scottish Isles have only one operator. You… Read more »
Lord Bermondsey

Andrew’s problem for many, is he comes across wetter than a fishes wet bits.

He’s currently about as electable as Ed Milliband.

peter

My Lord
You obviuosly were a drop out from Eton.

Make that comment under your real name

What you wrote sucks

Lord Bermondsey

My real name? What do you think Lord Bermondsey is then? tut-tut.

And your use of the word ‘sucks’. Silly Americanism word, that we could well do without over here than you.

You get me, ‘dude’?

Peter
David you obviously don’t commute to the mainland for work. If you work in Southampton, you take the Southampton Ferry; Lymington or Portsmouth that Ferry. You don’t btravel to Southampton then travel on to Lymington or Portsmouth! So in practical terms there is a monopoly. The interpretation of the Monopolies Law has and will remain the stumbling block as Mr Turner has found in both; as I… Read more »
Cynic

David- as I have pointed out several times, each ferry company has an* monopoly* of each of the routes it operates. No other company can operate over those routes.

They could become competitive *only* if the ferry companies shared docking facilities at both ends.

tryme
Well put David. Though not a Tory I really don’t like smear campaigns against anyone, and you are redressing the balance by stating the facts of what AT is doing in Parliament and on the Island. He was chosen for committee(s) chairship after recovery from ill-health, indicating more than competence in his parliamentary role; and as you say, he is so accessible here. I admire him for… Read more »
Peter

If you read ALL my comments tryme, you will find I have been scrupulous not to smear anyone; even going to the defence of AT when his henchmen misinterpreted what I had said and had a go at smearing me!

Vix Lowthion
A good set of ‘demands’ and I agree with most. But not sure all of them are within the remit and practical possibilities of the island MP. Much of it comes under the auspices of the IW Council… I think a couple of us candidates have lived and worked here for years and have known what it is to struggle a little (I’ve had to claim housing… Read more »
peter

Hi Vix
I think a person with your experience would be a good candidate.

That is what I mean by the candidate should be of the Wight. And experienced it’s problems (and joys) first hand.

Vix Lowthion

Well then I think that goes without saying ;)

Are not parliamentary candidates supposed to be living in the constituency they are standing for?

Peter

Hi Vix
We seem to getting a bit of flack here. Stay with it!

What from your perspective would be the main issues a new MP should address; and that of an IWCC?

Vix Lowthion
I agree with your point about the ferries. I am not sure about your emphasis on education – ironic really as it is one of the subjects I know most about! In terms of schooling especially we are showing lots of improvements on the IW and I would like to not rock the boat much further. The biggest obstacle to improving our schools is recruitment at the… Read more »
tryme
“Now Christmas is upon us there is time for renewal and reflection. The burning question in the coming months for many will be what do we want and expect from our future MP”. Doesn’t sound as though whoever wrote that thinks any sitting MP at all could possibly be the answer. I don’t think there is more than a handful of of people who are burning over… Read more »
Peter

I wonder why you call yourself tryme!

Your free to question the use of the word burning; but it is certainly an important issue.

Remember, the electorate are the King or Queen maker, not the media and TV.

I’m hoping to inject a little democracy into the discussion.

What are your thoughts on the main issues to be addressed by our MP?

Stewart Blackmore
How about a candidate who has lived on the Island for 38 years, met his wife on the Island, whose children were educated here (one to degree level), whose son served his country for seven years on the front line, who has had real jobs, signed on the dole (that dates me!) and who knows first-hand the difficulties that ordinary working people and those on benefits suffer… Read more »
Lord Bermondsey

God help us if we get a Labour government.

Milliband and Balls…..Jeez, they will re-confirm the ‘under-class’.

A generation of benefits-induced households, who think the world owes them a living. Another open-door immigration policy, where they let anyone in, in exchange for votes.

Us working-class folk have had enough of your crud under the last clowns Blair and Brown.

I’d rather be under a Cameron/Farage circus.

Peter

My Lord,
I had hoped to keep personality out the discussion.

What are your views on the main issues that should be addressed.

You are in danger of being hoodwinked by the Tory media

tryme

You yourself introduced “personality” by saying you are talking about a “new” MP. And referring to “robust” health and bringing up children in the school system. These appear to be strong indications and inference that you are against ‘personality’ AT remaining in the post, to which people naturally react. Don’t play cute with us, Peter!

Peter

My days of cuteness are long behind me; being well into my 70’s.

Are you inferring that we should have no free speech! What do you suggest in its place.

tryme

I’m *saying*, not inferring, that you can’t reasonably complain about people talking about “personalities” when you yourself made very clear there is one personality you are against! (Nothing to do with free speech).

Peter

Tryme, you seem obsessed with Mr Turner. Please share your obvious concerns.
Mr Turner is fully aware of the democratic discussion I hope to generate; and that certain people are going out of their way to mischeiveously misrepresent what I’ve said.
With his associates; who needs an opposition! I feel sorry for the man.

tryme
I think it goes ‘I’m interested, you’re obsessed’, Peter! The premise of your piece is that a new MP is needed, so implicitly it won’t be AT. He’s had a bad press recently and then you bring a piece that assumes he is yesterday’s man and encourages everyone to see it that way, and then don’t like it when AT is mentioned. You’re not in a gilded… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
I think it’s a fair question and right that we look at it all with fresh eyes every 5 years. But maybe I would say that! The MP role isn’t a role for life – and am sure AT knows this. The needs of the island, the demographics, the businesses, the issues the country faces have moved on since 2001 and even since 2010. It’s not a… Read more »
tryme
I don’t object to people having their say either Vix. You have fallen into the trap of responding to something other than what I have written. Mentioning our current MP, as one or two have done here, (far fewer posts mentioning him than those that haven’t), in the course of discussion about a new MP, is reasonable and to be expected. We shouldn’t try to control how… Read more »
peter

Tryme;I’m sure Mr Turner is well able to answer for himself. But from his supporters letters he does appear to have an extrordinary number of nerve ends.

The Island isn’t a totalarian state yet!

tryme

What an absurd comment.

Cynic

Tryme, I suspect from the comment’s lack of grammar and spelling variances that it was not from “Peter” who has been more precise in his comments to date.

tryme

I’ve not known OTW to accept identically-named posters.

Sally Perry

It is the same Peter commenting at 22.Dec.2014 10:15am, as in all the other comments in the thread.

Cynic

…. in which case, I’ll have what he was drinking please! :-))

Peter

Now your talking Stewart. Someone from and of the Wight who knows the score. And importantly the questions to ask and what needs to be done.

Cynic

Stewart- it is a real pity that the Labour Party has abandoned its working class roots and migrated to a position in the centre-centre-right of politics. More than that, I have no confidence in the current leadership of the Party anymore than I do in those sitting opposite them in the Commons.

Correct those two failings and you would get my vote.

Vix Lowthion

So the Labour party gets your support apart from its leadership and its policies??

Cynic

Note “Labour” not “New Labour”- there is a major difference that should need to understand as a competing candidate, Vix.

True Labour would defend the NHS, provide state-funded education at all three levels and ensure that the underprivileged parts of society are protected. New Labour is Tory under a thin veneer of the socialism it claims.

Vix Lowthion
‘New’ Labour was an invention 20 yrs ago. It’s here to stay. Old Labour doesn’t exist anymore in terms of party policies or leadership. I have a lot of time for the policies of Old Labour. But they are now long gone in terms of the Labour Party manifesto. We are stuck with the legacy of ‘New’ Labour. If you vote for Labour and hope for social… Read more »
Cynic

Concentrate now Vix! :-))

I stated @ 8.44am yesterday that I would *not* vote Labour if it got me New Labour and *only* if it reverted to its grass roots policies.

Vix Lowthion

Yup. But as ai say, that is history and is not going to happen. So it’s a pointless what if :)

Cynic

Correct Vix- a bit pointless “what if”, a bit like some Green policies that have forgotten that the Club of Rome is now 46 years old and global capitalism currently rules (TTIP is the latest threat).

Nice ideas- that most people support like “motherhood and applie pie”- but little chance of succeeding in the next two decades unless there is a global cataclysm of some kind.

Vix Lowthion

With the rise of Syriza and Podemos we are getting closer to that than you think.

Cynic

Don’t hold your breath waiting Vix- history shows that coalitions of radical left-wing parties do not last very long before they break up. (See the Spanish Civil War)

Stewart Blackmore
I don’t agree with you on the’failings’ of the leadership, Cicero. In fact I voted for Ed Miliband as don’t regret it for a moment. It’s not Ed who is standing for election on the Island, it’s me who is asking the electorate for their vote. On another subject – Andrew Turner has done nothing to advance the Island’s undoubted case to have Assisted Area Status, despite… Read more »
Cynic

Stewart- unfortunately for me your voting for Milliband suggest your support for his New Labour policies and thus rules out my vote. Sorry!

Peter

Come on Cicero; you seem to ride up to the fence; then shy away each time. What do you want? More as before; only this time, lose the baby with the bathwater?

Cynic
No Peter- as I have said many times in this discussion, I want a candidate who is “believable” (defined previously), independent of a political party and so free to vote with their conscience and not as the “party”dictates. So far I have not detected one on the Island that promises to defend the NHS, provide state-funded education at all three levels and ensure that the underprivileged parts… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

Those are all Green party policies.

Cynic
Fair enough on policies, Vix The Green party 2014 manifesto states: The Green Party would: Stop the privatisation of our National Health Service and where possible reverse public service sell offs. Scrap university tuition fees. Protect the pay, conditions and status of professionals in health and education – cutting back on their paperwork and freeing them to do their jobs. Bring Free Schools and Academies under Local… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

Strikes me Cicero that you are largely in the same camp with the Green Party on policy. It’s just me that has to convince you about myself :)

4.5 months to go..

Cynic

Very perceptive of you Vix! :-))

Vix Lowthion
:) and there are thousands of islander voters who feel the same I am sure. It’s a big challenge but I fully believe in these policies. And I believe in the green (small g) identity of our island and what electing a Green MP can do for our reputation and business, as well as improvements in terms of social equality and public services run by and for… Read more »
ThomasC

Unfortunately Stewart, today’s Labour Party is just a slightly different flavour of Thatcherism.

Unless you’re prepared to stand up for some significant changes in things like unregulated money creation, to the enlightened electorate the ‘Labour’ badge might as well be a millstone around your neck.

Or should it not be pointed out that some of the most terrible PFI schemes were inflicted upon us by a Labour government?

Peter

What Island Roads PFI? I thought that was under the Conmen!

Cynic

Do catch up Peter- the PFI system was introduced by the Major government and then rebranded as PPP and BSF by Tory Lite New Labour on the grounds that “the private sector is better at delivering services than the public sector.”.

Island experience with Island Roads and CEC suggests how wrong both were.

peter

Thanks Cicero

sam salt
@Stewart, your comment 19 Dec 8.42pm Can you enlighten me why a candidate who has lived on the Island for 38 years might be a better candidate. Why would the achievements of your children make you a more worthy and better MP? They are not your achievements. Why having had the luck to have real jobs and not signed on the dole makes YOU better. Why knowing… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Tess – am sure Stewart can defend himself but he he and his supporters have already door knocked on 10,000 homes (see his post above). There are 70,000 homes on the island. We are the biggest constituency in the UK. Some island political parties have only a dozen or more activists. This means each activist needs to knock on about 6000 doors which will take about 500… Read more »
sam salt
Vix, Please don’t preach at me. I know only too well how many homes there are on the Island. I know also we are the biggest constituency in the UK. I am also aware that candidates target areas where they are likely to get votes. I commend you having a job and trying to get out there to the electorate. I certainly would not and could not… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

Am glad you recognise how difficult it is to door knock on a constituency this size. Criticism for not knocking on your door is not because of a lack of interest on a candidate’s part: it’s the sheer practicality of it.

We can only vote for the people with the commitment to put themselves forward. I agree – I’d like to hear from others. Am sure we will.

peter

Tess
I thought you made a great case why Stuart should be our MP.

Stewart Blackmore
Tess, I was replying to what I believed to be the points in Peter’s original article and so I think that the length of time that I’ve lived on the Island, the fact that my children were educated and work here and the fact that I have ‘life experience’ on the island serve me well as a candidate. It is for others (like you) to decide whether… Read more »
Albert Street
I disagree with the comment about s/he coming from the Isle of Wight. Why would that have to be a prerequisite to being a good MP? Surely if someone has the passion to succeed and has made a conscious decision to make the Island their home, they would more suitable as they could bring with them a wider range of skills and experience that would be required… Read more »
Peter
Hi Albert Someone bringing up a family on the Island really understands the issues. What do you reckon a typical Island family earns? I’d guess at around £25k with both partners working their guts out; looking nervously over their shoulder at job security, with an uncertain pension at the end of it. It doesn’t compare with that of an MP with his allowances and expenses on top!… Read more »
Albert Street

Your arguement is precisely the reason the potential candidate should have a broader outlook and level of experience. The fact that s/he has not struggled does not assume that they are not able to understand, absorb and collate the experiences when they represent the electorate. Not clouded by local politics and people with egos greater than their abilities

peter

What brings you to that conclusion Albert?
We are part of our experiences. If we haven’t experienced something first hand we can only think we understand.
Ever seen the effect of Fast Tracking?

Albert Street

I reached that conclusion through the experience of county hall. I think this and the last administration are proof enough for me what a little power does to people with little or no experience.

What’s the saying about power?

tryme
In that case you will be preferring a female condidate then, Peter, as she may have first-hand experience of maternity services, and very likely through close friendships will do; also of GP services, (men going to surgeries less often than women), and is more likely to have closer bonds with children than would a male candidate, and also of schools; and on top of that she is… Read more »
peter

I believe in the best candidate past the post of whatever gender.

I’m hoping a summary of this blog will be published by OntheWight for refinement n
and serve as an aide memoir for whoever our MP after the 2015 election may be.

Just trying to rejuvinate the democratic process; which I think is quite clear against obvious opposition to the concept of free speech.

Cynic

Nice one tryme! :-))

retired Hack

@Albert: “…and has made a conscious decision to make the Island their home…”
Their main home, I take it you mean?

Albert Street

Absolutely – Retired Hck

Don Smith
This letter from Mr Peter Geach reminds me very much of the speech Geoffrey Howe made in the Commons, when he stuck the knife into Maggie Thatcher. This letter is full of innuendos and remarks that can only be meant to put another nail in our MPs coffin. It is in my opinion a letter designed to ignite adverse comments against our sitting MP, in a snide… Read more »
Peter

You flatter me Don.
I haven’t attacked anyone; just trying to get a debate going.
It is you who have made the connection; not me; and in so doing by a roundabout way attacked the man you so clumsily defend.

The Sciolist
A significant number of people in Britain have a disability, hundreds of thousands of us have relatives and friends who live with a disability. It is a fact of life familiar to most of us. The snide attacks on Andrew Turner since his stroke, to my mind are as bad as the worst racism I encounter. Of our 650 Mp’s, very few have disabilities. To have our… Read more »
Peter

Me thinks you protest too much.

Can we get away from personalities and discuss the issues which was my original intent.

I see the Ioilofwighty is alive and well!

skippy

I want a Mp when you ask them a question they answer for themselves and no write to the Minister concerned and not be afraid to speak out against their peers. Otherwise we could save £76k a year plus.

davidwalter
skippy — MPs don’t have any authority to do anything very much. All they can do is write to the appropriate people and pull strings for you. Don’t underestimate the power of that. In many cases a minister steps and intervenes whichever party the MP comes from. The key is knowing who to write to, how to phrase it and sometimes when to write. We are lucky… Read more »
Cynic

@skippy- AT has done exactly what you request on my behalf several times.

Patrick mckay

@Sciolist’s
The old saying springs to mind ” Empty vessels make the most noise”.Never fails to be proved correct!

Don Smith

Stewart Blackmore
Labour Party Parliamentary candidate.

How refreshing to see a man putting his name to his comments.

It would be nice to see the other Parliamentary Candidates making some input on this forum.

I’m looking forward to the ‘hustling’s’ coming around again. It will not be long now. With UKIP in the frame…Interesting.

Candidates should start knocking on doors, that’s what helps to wins the votes.

Peter

Well said Don

Vix Lowthion

I think I make rather a lot of input on this forum – and not just the obvious threads,

So apologies I cannot sign off everything as:

Vix Lowthion
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate

Cynic

Keep doing it Vix because I- for one- know little about the policies and attitudes the Green party would espouse.

Vix Lowthion

Thanks I will. I know It’s a task to communicate all the Green policies and myself and not much time to do it!

Peter

At this stage Vix, I think all we need are bullet points so we get some idea. The detail can be filled in later.

Don Smith

Why? Be proud in proclaiming your beliefs. Whilst I feel the ‘Greens’ mean well, but they are misguided.

Not until all the peoples of the world unite in the fight to save the planet…
You’re flogging a dead horse.

ThomasC
Don, maybe you need to read up on the Green party’s manifesto – it’s a lot more realistic and interested in providing a better deal to the less well-off than the mainstream parties and particularly UKIP’s various proclamations (a manifesto is a bit of a tall order for them, it would seem). These are more interested in protecting their ex-Tory party donor’s interests than much to do… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
‘Green’ is not just about environmentally pure policies. Far from it. I drive a car. I eat some meat! I fully recognise that whilst on an individual basis we can reuse and recycle, it is only on a national political basis we can solve the problems of our unsustainable energy use and our wars and our wasteful spending on cash today projects rather than looking at the… Read more »
davidwalter
Vix, If the Greens have a political agenda that includes defence a prospective voter would want to know a lot more about the policies and the politics of the individuals. We’ve seen in the past, in living memory, the consequences of appeasing the nastier regimes. Probably the most unpleasant of all Man’s traits is the choice of battlefield war to resolve differences and simply to steal land… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Green Party foreign policy is not mere ‘wishing’ we have no wars. It has an emphasis on diplomacy and intervention without missiles and bombs and ‘shock and awe’. The Green Party realise that wars cost multi millions of pounds a day. Supposedly at a time of austerity when we cannot find the coppers to pay our nurses a 1% pay rise, we can find billions to buy… Read more »
Cynic

Vix- what is the Green policy for countering terrorism such as ISIS and Al Qaeda?

Vix Lowthion
I believe every case is judged on its own merits and every organisation needs handling differently. But I know our Green MP Caroline Lucas voted against our military involvement in Syria. You cannot change people’s minds and beliefs through bombing them. All you do is create further resolve and entrenchment. As we have seen with Northern Ireland: You have to make political gains and have involvement in… Read more »
Cynic

So…. no real Green foreign policy Vix- just meaningless words?

Vix Lowthion

That’s untrue. There’s a whole section of policy to do with foreign affairs on the Green Web site (if I post links I think my post here gets removed). I was just answering your specific question about terrorism. What are the policies of the other parties? They will be suitably applicable to each situation.

Cynic
Vix- check out your Green colleagues in Oz. “The federal government has spent more than $300,000 market testing its counter-terrorism strategy…… Greens leader Christine Milne said it was a waste of taxpayers’ money.” …. and then “The European Greens are worried about the indications of the US Administration to undertake military action against the so-called “rogue states” like Iraq and Somalia. We agree to put political and… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

Quite.

Cynic

So that’s the Greens policy against terrorism- sit back turn the cheek, wring the hands and hope for a brighter non-violent future?

IMO that is also “Jam Tomorrow” rather like the promise of Paradise.

Vix Lowthion

Because current western policies against terrorists have been so successful…
You don’t eradicate terrorism through shock and awe and bombing. You carry on the decent work of MI5 and MI6 and special forces and expertise and diplomacy with the Kurds and other nations on the ground. As I’ve said already.

We send specialists.

Cynic
Vix- the “specialist” policy has not worked either in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Gaza Strip, Nigeria, Somalia etc. I was particularly referring to ISIS and Al Qaeda brand terrorism. Neither of these terrorists can masquerade as “freedom fighters” (the usual euphemism claimed) as both want to remove “freedom” from religious worship by violent means. When faced with a rabid dog it is better to kill… Read more »
Stewart Blackmore
Don, since my nomination me and a small group have spoken to in excess of 10,000 electors on the doorstep and, despite what others have written here, very many have said that it was the first time anyone of any political party had bothered to visit. More surprising to me was the number of people who had contacted the present MP and NOT had an acknowledgement, never… Read more »
I do not believe it

“What do we want and expect from our future MP?”
Not to ever have an MP with a surname beginning with a ‘P’ and ending with an ‘H’.

Mrs Retired Hack

Haha, very good, IDNBI! But wouldn’t that rule out those promising candidates Messrs Poopfish, Pogwash, and Pimplewitch?

Peter

…..’ug’…..

peter
I began by listing as the principal needs as: Assisted Area Status Cross Solent Travel and the need to clarify/amend the Monopolies law Schooling; should we be thinking of transfering this to a Mainland Authority? Vix says no; we are improving; the main problem is recruiting appropriate staff. Pensioners Bus Pass; an essential for pensioners on low or modest income. Apprenticeship Training at the Technical College; providing… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
We have assisted area status for a very limited part of the island now – Inc Sandown. I fully agree this needs extending esp when it comes to cross solent travel issues. But I think promises by politicians that you *will* get assisted status and *will* get publicly owned ferries are in the right direction,but not guaranteed . However as long as they are in line with… Read more »
davidwalter

Vix, a more beneficial thing for the Island is a better deal from SLEP. I think even Ian Stephens, our rep on the board, is getting cheesed-off. We are getting a bad deal and the deal doesn’t really match our needs,

Vix Lowthion

Agreed.

Peter

What’s SLEP?

peter geach

I’ve taken that on board David. I’ve put it on the list.

davimel
Our problem (as an electorate) is that we will now be force fed a load of ‘party lies’, aimed to gain our trust (again) and full of tailored promises which will usually desert them at the earliest opportunity. We ‘older’ voters have to decode the blurb and use common sense to make any decision regarding an MP, whilst the younger voters will usually follow the herd! So… Read more »
davidwalter

davimel — the problem is the electorate! The majority need to be bought with daft undeliverable or damaging promises. How can a Government get into power by telling the truth when the electorate will vote for the party that gives them a pack of lies? The bank is empty. We are in debt.

Cynic

Simples! Change the electortate until it gives the predefined result it wants! :-))

Steve Goodman
An easily deceived/ uneducated/ uninterested/ unbelieving/ uncaring/ etc. electorate is only part of the problem. Government power, or the lack of it, is another part of the problem. How much of a problem are empty banks if they can be so easily refilled by squeezing taxpayers & printing or electronically creating money? Similarly, how much of a problem is financial debt now it has become normal for… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Every country is in debt. We have been in debt for decades. It’s how economies work. The analogy with the budgets of housewives which Cameron likes to make is extremely loose. Here are some interesting charts http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30300633 . We were in 210% of GDP debt in 2007 even before the financial crisis and now it is 245%. In addition – voters do listen to political parties talking… Read more »
Peter

Come on Davimel; write something constructive that would move the debate on.

Nothing is perfect, we just have to work to make things better.

What do you see as the main issues that should be addressed?

davimel
Strange.. I thought I had BEEN constructive.. ALL politics starts and ends with our representative, we have ZERO power to change a damned thing, and I speak as a 60year old who has spent my entire adult life raging against the inequalities in UK life, even when I was one those who (apparently) had it all with a great job, own house, new car etc. My call… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

Why is it a ‘pipe dream’ to have honest and principled representation? We get what we vote for.

davimel
But that’s my point.. We don’t know who or what we are voting for.. look at the Liberals or the defectors to UKIP in recent months (they weren’t voted in).. Look at the labour party millions voted for in the 70’s 80’s 90’s, who are now Conservative light. Unfortunately I suspect many candidates start out well intentioned, but soon begin to chase the money and power trail… Read more »
bill lucas
What of the Parliamentary Candidate? The candidate needs to be from and of the ‘Wight’, have worked here for many years and brought his/her children up through the Island state education system. Knows at first hand the problems of getting his/her children into training or University from an Island base. Who wrote this for you Sounds like a job description for a media magnate that also sits… Read more »
Peter

Get back to the issues bill

skippy

A Mp that cannot vote on anything they have a intreast or their friends in such as pensions pay and Privatisation of the Nhs.

bill lucas

Does that include Ferries

peter

Do you mean Nigel Ferries?

Tanja Rebel

Peter, you asked for bullet points. I would like to see our MP – and Councillors – aim for the following:

1. An Island-run ferry service
2. A comprehensive cycle network across the Island
3. Energy self-sufficiency
4. Food self-sufficiency
5. Trains/trams/pod cars across the Island
6. Run on Sun Solar Scheme for all Island schools
7. Declaring the Island a frack-free zone
8. Proper protection of our Heritage sites and buildings

bill lucas

En Engels is haar of sy eerste taal

peter

Thanks Tanja
I’ll include bthese points in a later list. I’ve made notes of other bloggers points and intend to put together something we can all be reasonably united on early next week.

But to everyone, we are ngetting there; keep the comments flowing.

Thanks Peter

The Sciolist

Item 2 is reasonable, the rest are pie-in-the-sky. What exactly would be the point of a politician who couldn’t deliver anything on your wish list?

Tanja Rebel

Dear Sciolist,

It is time for politicians to start thinking further ahead than five years, if not else for the sake of future generations. The other items could all become reality by 2030 if our elected leaders started laying the foundations now.

bill lucas

Statesmen think five years ahead, politicians think next election.

Tanja Rebel

In addition: Proper protection of our Heritage and declaring the Island a frack-free zone could become a reality NOW, if the political will was there…

bill lucas

Tanja Fracking is OK if the correct gas hole is fracked. Fracking the wrong gas hole can lead to cloudy water.

peter

Regarding Solar Heating Sciolist. I once worked in a modern office block with large windows. We had a heating failure lasting some days. In late afternoon when the sun shone on the windows the Office became warm again. Surely some heat storage system would carry the school the colder periods of the day.

Vix Lowthion

Mechanical Heat Recovery system. I believe the new F6rm at the IW College was built with it. Takes the extra heat from the sunny side of the building across to the side in shadow – thus using solar power to heat the whole building.

The Sciolist
I think fracking is a very good idea – low cost energy. I suspect a majority of people agree with me. Your ‘Island run ferry’ service idea sounds reasonable, but if you mean the council running it, forget it. They are not usually much good at running anything. Where would the money come from? Self sufficiency in energy – do you mean wind? It doesn’t work thou… Read more »
peaceful_life

@Sciolist.

Are you standing as a candidate?

Vix Lowthion

Fracking a ‘good idea’? At best it’s a distraction from a sustainable energy policy. At worst it is damaging to our environment, people and water supply.

Tanja Rebel
Dear Sciolist, Fracking may be low-cost, but it is high-risk with regards to possible water pollution and earth tremors, particularly in a geologically sensitive area such as the Island. Moreover, it relies upon fossil fuels,which are somewhat destructive to our climate. Fortunately, most Independent Councillors agree with me. They should consequently have the guts to declare this Island frack-free. The Island-run ferry service could be a community-run… Read more »
davidwalter
Tanja Rebel — I had to Smile at that agenda. State-funded ferries to subsidise second-homers coming to the Island at the expense of cash-strapped working folk is not exactly ‘fair’. Anyway, in the future surely we should drop our obsession with always wanting to be where are are presently not? It you’re going to plan some kind of sustainable future, with low energy usage, why the fixation… Read more »
peter

Tanja
There are always the ‘put downers brigade’
If the policy is correct; critisim only strengthens the concepts as all the critisims are thought through and satisfactorily answered.

Much is to do with forward thinking and informed political will; often somewhat lacking!

The Sciolist

Do you think I should? If there’s sufficient demand – I would happily stand as an independent. An independent independent that is :)

peaceful_life

@Sciolsit.

Thanks for the reply.

Go for it!…It’d be fascinating to hear you explaining the wonders of the full energy returns of fracking and the safety of the islands aquifers, do they still provide 75% of the islands water, with 25% imported?

You’d be on to a winner explaining the employment boost provided by regenerative agriculture too, it’s all about the cabbages.

peter

Hi Sciolst
If you feel strongly enough about issues and think you can make a difference; sure you should stand. If nothing else your issues will get a public hearing and debate

Ali Hayden.
No mention from the candidates about the growing amount of Islanders having to rely on the Foodbank to feed themselves then. Our hospital that is on red alert most days as there are not enough beds to cope with the Islands ageing population. A perfectly good college that should be given university status to keep our children here. The Islands County Council facing even more cuts that… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Ali. You can still stand, you know. I am awfully aware of the food bank. I swam the Solent last year to raise funds for West Wight Sports Centre – and the IW Food Bank. I fully support ensuring our hospital stays put, and in public hands. Am not 100% sure about keeping all out children here for university – because I fully appreciate the experience they… Read more »
peter

We need work generating projects to reduce the need of Food Banks; hey what a legacy from the Co-alition!

How about generating work projects to maintain our parks and beaches, maintain footpaths and toilets etc. in return for enhanced benefit payment; no show no pay regime.

Tanja Rebel
To davidwalter: I am glad my agenda makes you smile, there must be something positive in it then! A lot of what you say makes sense: Free ferries for second home owners is not a good idea. I have seen the results of that at first hand on the island I come from in Sweden. I did therefore add that I don’t believe the ferries should be… Read more »
Vid Lowthion
Quality in an MP? Pro activity. My reflection of the last 10+ years is that we have been lulled into the notion that an MP opens fetes and hands out certificates and shakes hands. The rest of the week they attend Westminster and have a weekly surgery where they put on a civil servant hat and listen and explain or promise to get more clarification on an… Read more »
peter
We need to review past campaigns, learn lessons and do it differently next time. I’m thinking of private companies monopoly of the ferry route; not travel to the Island for which we have two operators and according to the case put before the Monopolies Commission on the question of cross solent travel they ruled there was no case to answer. Maybe they were asked the wrong question;… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Oops ‘vid’! Yes I think the way that questions are framed is crucial. Also there is no point in knowing who to ask, when you are a representative of a party who believes in privatisation of public services – as the answer you want may not be the one you get. Regarding the One Wight campaign – I never understood why there was such a clamour for… Read more »
peter
Hi Vix The concern I had about a split Island; was just that. Would it work? What is SLEP? I’ve gone through the replies and trying to ndraw up a list of one liners that fairly represent so far as I can the general view. I hope to get this posted, probably next week for refinement. Hence what is SLEP in case I’m asked. I think the… Read more »
davidwalter

Peter — In haste, SLEP is Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Google leps

Peter

Thanks davidwalters; I’ve made a note of that

Ali Hayden.
We need a totally Independent Island MP. No Party Politics to adhere to, or “game playing” + making the “right noises” just to get elected! How quickly most politicians forget why the were elected. Steve Ross has been the only MP in my adult lifetime to actually make any difference to the residents of the Isle Of Wight. No one else has ever come close to having… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Our Independent IW Council have shown the drawbacks of the ‘independent’ label. And it is as much of a label and a brand as any political party is. Councillors used the independent label to get elected in 2013. And now it appears to lack direction. Everyone going into politics does it because they believe their ideas are the best for their area or island or country. Political… Read more »
Ali Hayden.
It was perfectly clear in May 2013, the Island voted out the dictator in County Hall. The Island residents wanted real change. Most of our County Councillors are ordinary people who have become involved because they wanted to, because they wanted to protect + enhance the Island, it’s residents + it’s way of life. The change was also felt on Town + Parish Councils. Island residents doing… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Being a member of a political party or grouping does Not make you merely out for yourself. I’ve met Stewart Blackmore the Labour candidate and I am pretty sure he isn’t standing for selfish reasons. He believes that his party have the right policies for the future of this country. He is standing on a genuine platform of wanting the best for the island – as am… Read more »
peaceful_life
@Ali. The island residents did/do want real change and they’re getting it in the form of cuts, which no local or parish councillors can deflect, at least…not unless they’re prepared to band together against the austerity/cuts measures and tell central gov that enough is enough and it’s time for some quantitative easing for the people to clear the national debt, which cannot be cleared with a contracting… Read more »
Peter

I think there are some good options out there.

We Islanders have got to stop posturing Hyacinth Bucket; and use our minds.

sam salt

Ali, you are right no MP has ever come close to the wonderful Steve Ross, a man that was respected, liked and did much for the Island. Sadly missed, fondly remembered.

Don Smith

Too obvious – Another thread just to retain/maintain the flow – No thanks – Who’d be a MP?

peter
During the Summer months our roads are eing taken over by serving at least two Pop Festival and Road Cycling events. How much benefits do Island Businesses get from servicing these events, or does most of the business go to mainland concerns. Policing these events is a big cost. Who pays; the Organiser or does it come out of the local Policing budget and in effect our… Read more »
bill lucasw

Who Pays

You do, IOWC paid nearly £40K just for road marshals Cowes Week 2012 to Island Roads.

Giddings does make a significant contribution for festival, how ever Mrs Smart not up to speed yet but will get there.

Black Dog

“He/she clearly needs robust health so that when called for he/she can put ALL their energies in driving the necessary reforms through without constantly having to pace themselves and look over their shoulder at health issues”

Are you proposing people with disabilities need not stand?

peter

Hi Black Dog; that’s up to the electorate.

As a general question; why write under a non de plume in an honest debate?

Black Dog

Is the non de plume question an attempt to divert the question of what you started with “I’ll kick off with a few thoughts on my prime issues”?

You now say it is up to the electorate and yet you appear to suggest that people with disabilities should be excluded from standing! As this is an honest debate let’ try and keep it there.

Stewart Blackmore
So much going on on this thread and it’s obvious, at least to me, that some correspondents already have pre-set ideas; for example – the Labour Party is almost Thatcherite. It may have been under Tony Blair, but nobody can accuse Ed Miliband of being a right winger. Some applaud the fact that The Independent Group is now in control (by the skin of its teeth), forgetting… Read more »
davidwalter
Stewart, you said above “I have met educators, business people, County Councillors, Council Officers, unemployed people, the head of the Island food banks, nurses, doctors, fire fighters, representatives of the pensioners alliance, trades unionists; the list goes on.” You have missed the very people who actually do the work. All of those in your list* above SPEND the money earned by ordinary working folk; from the humble,… Read more »
Cynic

@Stewart “but nobody can accuse Ed Miliband of being a right winger.”

I can! Anybody who stated “I’ll make capitalism work for the people” and Milliband did in the Guardian (August 2010) can hardly be on the left-wing of the party.

davidwalter

Stewart and Cicero — “”@Stewart “but nobody can accuse Ed Miliband of being a right winger.”

I can! Anybody who stated “I’ll make capitalism work for the people” and Milliband did in the Guardian (August 2010) can hardly be on the left-wing of the party. ”

————————————

I think I see the problem here. It’s the typo. It should read “..right whinger” ;)

Cynic

“I think Ed Miliband is a right-winger basically. I think that’s where he comes from'”
per Ronnie Campbell Labour MP (Juy 2011)

sam salt

Brilliant closing sentance David. Go to the top of the class.

Stewart Blackmore
Ronnie Campbell makes me look like Genghis Khan Cicero. And ‘making capitalism work for the people’ only goes to show the realpolitik which he has to deal with and hardly proves anything one way or the other. David, don’t make the mistake of condescending to me. I meet real workers and earners every hour and every day of the week. I was brought up with real people… Read more »
Cynic

@Stewart re Ronnie Campbell- LOL!

Cynic

Stewart re Miliband’s “New Labourism”- it is worth reviewing just how many of the current Shadow Cabinet (inc. Ed) worked for Blair and/or Brown.

retired Hack

@DavidWalter: What a dreadful view to hold on nurses, doctors and fire fighters. I think you’ll find that they keep people alive, which, imho, is at least as worthy as “creating wealth” in terms of “doing the work”. Well I suppose at least you’re an honest Conservative.

davidwalter
retired Hack — Spare a thought for other groups such as care workers paid on (or even below) the Minimum Wage (let alone that contrived oddity called the ‘Living Wage’). How about farm workers, shop workers, factory workers? Hospitality workers in tourism? None of those are paid for out of the public purse, unfortunately for them, and few have industrial muscle or a trade union. The Conservative… Read more »
Cynic

@Stewart An “independent MP” is one who is independent of any party and thus not one elected by a group of Independents.

davidwalter

Bookies’ odds come from the need to balance the book. So they represent betting people, not non-betting people.

Ali Hayden.
It doesn’t bode well to come on here + “have a pop” at the County Councillors who run the current Isle Of Wight Council. These are the very same County Councillors that you would need to work with + alongside to achieve the very best for the Island + it’s residents! The Island electorate already knows how it will vote, and it probably won’t be Labour or… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

It’s not. 22,000 people voted for Jill Wareham in 2010. They aren’t the sort of people who are going to switch to Conservative or UKIP. The right vote is largely split. Is all to play for.

Vix Lowthion

And I was one of those 22,000. I voted Liberal because I believed that they were the best option for us as an island, and they were the best way for us to avoid a national conservative government.

How wrong I was!

peter

What price Free Speech.

If you want to make an omlete you have to break eggs.

We are beginning to have a vigerous debate; but please don’t hide behind pseudonyms.

If you really belief in your beliefs use your real name, unless of course you are ashamed of your comments!

Cynic

…. and your own surname Peter is….?

retired Hack
Peter, the house rules on pseudonyms correspond generally with the industry norm (not the County Press). Your suggestion is debated endlessly here, but at the end of the day it’s up to the site administrator, not you or I. Among reasons for permitting pseudonyms is the fact that some contributors have different compartments in their lives which it isn’t necessarily useful to mix. If you think a… Read more »
Sally Perry
The subject of pseudonyms comes up here regularly. However, if you didn’t already guess, OnTheWight are strong advocates of their use. In fact, pseudonyms have been used on the Isle of Wight since the mid-1800s and a 2010 poll found in 49% of readers voting for anonymity to remain. Only 13% believed readers should have to use their real names. There are many legitimate reasons why readers… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

Who are you replying to, Peter? Both Ali and myself in this thread are not hiding.

peter

Really we should keep to the issues, not try mindless point scoring.

People know who I am if they are interested

Ali Hayden.
Loving your optimism! In the local elections in May 2013, (Arreton + Newchurch Ward) the candidate for UKIP, whom nobody knew or had previously heard of took 299 votes from a population of 3,610. The turnout for the election in this Ward was 41.99%, a lot higher than average on the Isle Of Wight. So UKIP took 8.3 % of the votes, from sleepy little villages at… Read more »
Vix Lowthion
Who are our serious opponents to UKIP? Andrew Turner? His voting record has him down as one of the most UkIP conservative MPs in the country. That’s not opposition. Our UKIP candidate is a climate change denier. I don’t believe he supports state school education on the island. He supports fracking as a worthwhile energy source. This needs opposition. Whilst past voting percentages can help predict, when… Read more »
Cynic

Vix- bookies’ odds are usually a better guide to election results than the various polls.

Ladbrokes are offering the following on the winning party for the IoW

Tory 12 to 1 on
UKIP 11 to 2
LibDems 50 to 1
Labour 100 to 1
(No mention of Greens I’m afraid)

Vix Lowthion

Yes I see that. And have they spoken to anyone on the IW or done any island polls?
This next election is going to be like no other. Past voting and academic predictions aren’t reliable.

Cynic

Bookies rarely lose money Vix! :-))

Vix Lowthion

How many Green supporters have rushed to put bets on?! Think I’ll have to find out the odds, put a decent bet on myself and watch the odds fall :)

Island Monkey

I suppose betting on your losing the deposit would make sense :)

Vix Lowthion

Heh. That’s not going to happen.

Don Smith
How will the vote be split Vix? Even the dedicated, ardent supporters of Jill’s can’t possibly forgive or forget all the promises broken by the Lib/Dems once they became part of the coalition government. Remember, also that some of the 22.000 votes cast for Jill were from dissatisfied Tory voters. Votes will be split between Tory, Labour, UKIP and the Official Independent. I regret, but the Lid/Dems… Read more »
davidwalter

Don Smith, Andrew Turner is standing as The Conservative Party candidate.

Cynic

@David- Not AT according to a well-known Tory ex-councillor in the other place who keeps promising that a new candidate will be unveiled (unmasked?) just after Christmas!

bill lucas

The alternative is already perched on AT’s shoulder if anything untoward happens.

Vix Lowthion

Who is the official independent? We had lots of Independents in 2010 and they didn’t do very well…

davidwalter

I would prefer real names but it isn’t. I’ve got over it.

tryme

I don’t mind what people call themselves, (I’m not going out looking for them), but I’d campaign for everyone to stick to just one name each. That way you get a coherent picture of someone and form a kind of relationship with them. Much more interesting and engaging than people chopping and changing between different names.

peter

I’ve used Peter and peter. Didn’t realise it caused problems of identity.

I’m now sticking with peter; if that helps

Ali Hayden.

Toss a coin in the air, no heads or tails, Conservatives or UKIP.

peter

Conterfeit Coin!

Cynic

Vix- check electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/isle-of-wight-2015.html as it is not showing you as a candidate.

Vix Lowthion

Thanks. There are lots of blogs like that. They’re not really official and unless I’ve told them they don’t know.

peter

DURING THE INTERVAL SOME LIGHT RELIEF!

Google: Actual exchanges between Pilots and Control Tower

peter
SAVINGS Bloggers have identified savings of over £1,000,000 ! Changing the National Bus Pass Law so that its use is only allowed in the County of residence. Holidaymakers would not be able to use the pass on the Island saving the IWCC I was told £1,000,000. The cost of a weekly bus pass for the holidaymaker is great value, particularly as they are likely to make good… Read more »
Cynic

Another IWCA exists apparently- the Independent Working Class Association! I wonder if it also has an office in Carisbrooke? :-))

Mark Francis

I used to have a client who once belonged to the Iraqi Workers Communist Party – or IWCP. What happened to her you don’t want to know.

Cynic

During Saddam’s reign? Poor woman!

davidwalter
peter, it isn’t clear to me who you are. I am as stated. What is your surname? Some of the things you are asking for would require a change to Acts of Parliament. Not very likely in the run-up to an election, hardly likely to have a big give-away immediately afterwards (don’t believe Ed Miliband who wouldn’t be able to deliver if he ever intended to). e.g.… Read more »
peter
Hello David My name is on the intoductory letter to this blog. On the Wight always identify the initiator. I’m interested in trying to improve things through Free Speech and Democracy. It’s worth putting ideas into the arena for discussion and if sufficient interest is shown taken forward. Regarding the Bus Pass, I think experience shows the law should be changed to limit use so that holiday… Read more »
peter
LIBRARIES I read recently that to survive Libraries need to be multi-functional. Its something I’ve thought about. Libraries are usually centrally located, have staff who the town and Island well, and well able to offer Tourist Advice. They could also book Coach outings, Steamer Trips, Shows etc. It may make sense for a larger Library to incorporate a Tourist Information centre with obvious savings. The Library could… Read more »
davidwalter

I think our library staff could also be expected to do a song and dance act, on Customer request. After all, this is a holiday island and they all ought to be happy and jolly.

peter

You deliberately miss the point ande bspoil the debate. What sort of bperson are yoy? Answers on a postcard please.
Merry Christmas

davidwalter

peter — My name is as my user-name. And your name is? I haven’t seen your ‘introductory letter’. As Sally has said, On The Wight NEVER identify posters’ IDs. This has been asked of you several times and despite your pressure for others to declare their IDs you remain anonymous. Are you trying to be cute?

Sally Perry

Peter/peter is Peter Geach the author of the letter you are commenting on (detailed in the intro to the letter – as he points out above).

peter

Sorry Sally. I always thought journalists protected the identity of their correspondents. My name is declared fully on the introductory letter; which is as it should be. Declaration elsewhere without consent is a breach of the journalistic code.

retired Hack

Peter, have I missed something? Someone calling themselves Peter posted here at 2.46pm today with exactly the same clarification to which you’re now objecting. If you think there’s another “Peter” posting, you should contact OTW offline.
I see the troll comment has now been removed (quite right too).

Geoff M
I sometimes contribute to Ventnor blog. Many people will know who I am and that is fine by me, certainly Ventnor blog knows who I am. Mr.Peter Geach has initiated this particular discussion which has had often enlightening and interesting contributions. Rarely has a subject received so many contributions. I fail to understand how or why Mr. Geach can state at this late stage his somewhat confusing… Read more »
Sally Perry
Peter, those who wish to keep their identities hidden will always have them protected. However, in your case, you chose to submit this letter under your name, as you have with the many other letters we have published on your behalf. When questioned earlier by David Walter as to who you were, you replied you were the person named in the intro to the letter – namely,… Read more »
Peter
Happy Christmas bloggers. Thanks for your comments, keep them coming. In the New Year I intend finalising a firstdraft of comments; and send to Sally Perry, Ian Stephens, Stuart Blackmore, Andrew Turner as a matter of courtesy. I’m hoping Sally Perry will publish this summary ‘on the wight’ for everyone else. A basis for further consideration and comment. My aim has been to get a public discussion… Read more »
Sandman

So, no comment from you Peter (or is it peter?) on your unfounded allegation that the journalists’ code of conduct had been breached?

Very interesting.

retired Hack

I think most or all of those people read OTW themselves, Peter. As well as at least two other prospective Parliamentary candidates.

tryme

I expect some posters might object to their ‘summarised’ comments being used in a document they haven’t agreed, which is then sent to notable people.

Vix Lowthion

You’ve missed 3 other candidates off your list.

anon
I’m quite glad now I didnt post on this story. Having said that, those who did have placed their thoughts in the public domain. They cannot now complain if someone uses those comments. However – Peter must make it very clear where the comments he makes use of have come from, and I’m sure anyone reading his summary will have the common sense to visit this site… Read more »
tryme
I’m glad I *did* post on this topic now, as in the event a fair version of the comments is presented to the various luminaries, (let’s be optimistic), there will be representation of a view to which Peter objected. Many of those who simply chose to give the piece a miss because of Peter’s manner and focus, will be surprised if they find they were unknowingly disenfranchised.… Read more »
peter geach

Hi Vix
I’ve sent e-mail to your site asking if you wanted a copy and your e-mail.
I’ve found UKIP on web, I have AT and SB. Any others I should know?

However read below, bloggers are campaigning NOT to have summary.

Funny; almost ALL comments are mine for which I assume I have property rites! But hey this is the Isle of Wight!

What are your thoughts

peter geach

Hello anon; scared to write under your real name.

If you read what I said, theitems would summarised as a DRAFT, and published on the site for comment and revision.

I don’t know where you trained, but that is the Professional approach; Wasted on you?

peter geach

Hi Sally, I will in future use my full name. I’ve apologised for my comment below.

peter geach

Hi Sally
You are right. Apologise for comment.
Rather steep learning curve.
I will use my full name in future blogs.
Many thanks for running On the Wight with impartiality. It’s certainly letting the Islands Voice be heard.
Thanks Peter

davidwalter

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Cynic

Given the recent spate of sexual misdemeanours allegedly by UKIP members, is there any truth in the rumour that this period is known to the media as “UKzIPpergate”? :-))

Don Smith
There will be far more sexual misdemeanours alleged against UKIP reported in the media. Why? They are all running scared and all see UKIP as a serious threat. So what do they all do? Dig up or invent any story they can to discredit UKIP. If the same witch hunt was to be aimed at the other parties, Christ what would be uncovered. What is holding up… Read more »
Don Smith

Wait until (Long wait) until Mrs May produces her inquiry on Paedophiles. WoW! There will be some heads rolling and UKIP will look like angels

Cynic
A senior UKIP member once told me that Farage was fully aware that to get credibility as a party he needed to weed out the loonies, sex pests, homophobes, racists, Islamophobes and so on, but it would take time. Maybe he should speed things up a bit as his party is currently exposed at the crucial moment before the election that could make or break the party’s… Read more »
davimel

I might suggest that due to the recent err… Issues with racist homophobic etc comments and the loss, resignation or sacking of so many potential candidates, including one who allegedly fiddled his expenses before even being offered a job, that their Goose may well be thoroughly cooked ( to use a Christmas metaphor) A sad loss, but not altogether surprising!

Stewart Blackmore

A Very Merry Xmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year to all of you, whatever your politics.

Stewart

davidwalter

And a very merry Christmas to you, Stewart. I look forward to discussing issues with you again in the New Year, but for now, the issue is bed, and Christmas Day in the morning! :)

May everyone be blessed with stockings or socks filled with exactly what they’d like!