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: 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 2 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

Jonathan Dodd: My own personal Rainbow Nation

family outside front door

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column. This week he returns to Hove to share with us wonderful memories of how his life there shaped him and others.

Sunday, 2nd June, 2019 11:08am

By Jonathan Dodd

Jonathan Dodd: Plan for Exit

plan sign

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week in a roundabout sort of way tackles the subject of Brexit and the EU elections.

Sunday, 19th May, 2019 4:41pm

By Jonathan Dodd with 7 readers' comments

‘Don’t be afraid and believe in yourself’, says successful young Islander with autism

Josh and Omar at Spinnaker Tower

From a very young age, Josh Peverley has not let his autism diagnosis get in the way of his passion, event management. Through hard work and determination, so far he's succeeded in achieving his dreams.

Sunday, 12th May, 2019 11:42am

By Sally Perry