Isle of Wight Opinion Pieces

OnTheWight is run on journalistic principles of honesty, transparency and balance. Every so often, there will be a subject or issue that the editors or contributors wish to share that reflects their personal opinion.

These Isle of Wight opinion pieces will be clearly marked as such. We believe their inclusion adds to the diversity of content available to readers.

Jonathan Dodd: Once more unto the Polling Station!

Painting by Eugene Delacroix - Le 28 Juillet. La Liberte guidant le peuple

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column, just in time for the fourth General Election in less than ten years. Read what he has to say on the subject

Sunday, 8th December, 2019 10:27am

By Jonathan Dodd with 8 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Hard work and honesty

Plan A and Plan B crossed out, underlined Plan C

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and this week he explores the subject of planning. As always, a great long-read

Sunday, 17th November, 2019 12:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: Once More Unto the Breach

lego characters - once more unto the breach

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week he shares his views about the subject on everyone's lips - the election

Sunday, 3rd November, 2019 12:16pm

By Jonathan Dodd with 15 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Back to the Stone Age

qwerty keyboard in stone

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week shares his frustrations, and surprise of how it made him feel, of losing Internet and Satellite access

Sunday, 13th October, 2019 9:55am

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

‘Have you seen Stone Age ghost of Mottistone?’ asks Isle of Wight sceptical science writer

'danger ghosts' sign at Mottistone Long Stone Site

Following his own recent experience, sceptical science writer Richard Cattle is calling on anyone who has seen or taken photos of the Stone Age ghost of Mottistone to get in touch

Monday, 7th October, 2019 6:59pm

By Richard Cattle with 3 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: No Past and No Future

Crowds of people looking at the Mona Lisa painting

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week talks quizzes. As always a great long-read.

Sunday, 6th October, 2019 10:33am

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: Punctuation Wars

Jonathan Dodd returns with another column. As is his style, he talks about one subject to share a message about another. As always, a great long read.

Sunday, 22nd September, 2019 1:04pm

By Jonathan Dodd with 2 readers' comments

Worried about economic future of seaside towns? Don’t forget wider maritime economy, the ‘Coastal Powerhouse’

red jet 7

Iain MacKinnon, Secretary to the Maritime Skills Alliance, shares his views on the issue of seaside towns and the wider maritime economy, focusing especially on the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 1:09pm

By Iain Mackinnon with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: Late Night Line-Up against the wall

joan armatrading

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week and asks some important questions. As always, a great long read.

Sunday, 18th August, 2019 11:16am

By Jonathan Dodd

Jonathan Dodd: Bursting the comfort balloon

comfort zone quote

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and this week shares a message about politicians who lie and get away with it.

Sunday, 11th August, 2019 8:47am

By Jonathan Dodd with 2 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: A stripe too far

cool stripe toothpaste

He's back! Jonathan Dodd returns with his column. Seemingly talking about one thing, but in fact telling us about another. As always, a great Sunday read.

Sunday, 4th August, 2019 9:10am

By Jonathan Dodd with 4 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Music, Sweet Music

vinyl records and record player

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column. This week he talks music. Vinyl, cassettes, CD and streaming, but would you lend him your Are You Experienced LP?

Sunday, 16th June, 2019 1:29pm

By Jonathan Dodd