Westminster is changing so must Whitehall

  • 4 Jul 2016

The political settlement is changing. Labour is going through convulsions and contortions and by the end of the week the Conservatives will be well on their way to choosing a new leader. In the meantime the existing government carries on in office but lacking authority and mom...

We Need A Square Deal For Everyone

  • 27 Jun 2016

It is good news that the election of the next leader of the Conservative Party has been brought forward to 2 September. The sooner a new leader is in place and installed in Downing Street the better. No meaningful governmental decisions can take place until a new administratio...

Britain and Europe Next Steps

  • 25 Jun 2016

This weekend Britain is without an authoritative political leader. As Prime Minister David Cameron retains executive control of the government and should a national crisis evolve he has the power to respond but for all practical purposes political authority has moved on. It is...

Comment on David Cameron's resignation as Prime Minister

  • 24 Jun 2016

David Cameron has been an outstanding Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party. He addressed the issues facing the United Kingdom with integrity and thoughtfulness. Along with economic and social reform he delivered on his promise to deliver a referendum on th...

Walking the Bay

  • 20 Jun 2016

The walk around the great bay area of the East Wight is one of the most beautiful and interesting on the whole of the Island. Taking in as it does the seaside towns of Shanklin and Sandown it affords on a fine day panoramic views from Bembridge in the north down to Bonchurch a...

These results must not make Tories complacent

  • 12 May 2016

Thursday’s UK wide elections provide a fascinating insight, one year in to the Parliament, into the strengths and weaknesses of the country’s political parties. London apart, Labour is struggling to hold ground. The fall to third place in Scotland continues the seismic real...

Mark Fox proposed UK Sovereign Wealth Fund

  • 12 May 2016

I reported earlier today that George Osborne is set to take up the Sovereign Wealth Fund idea set out in the ConservativeHome Manifesto.  Jesse Norman took to Twitter to say that he got there first – in 2011, 2010 and 2008.  However, Mark Fox, our occasional contributor, revea...

Gurnard to Cowes - Enjoying The View

  • 13 Apr 2016

The walk from Gurnard to Cowes and back again is a perennial family favourite, along Prince’s and Egypt Esplanade. It’s not a long walk as walks go but it has two distinct things in its favour. Firstly it is pavement all the way. For people using wheels – prams, mobility scoot...

'My Island'

  • 3 Mar 2016

Interview with Isle of Wight County Press Published 26th February 2016

Walking Firestone Copse, Wootton

  • 29 Jan 2016

Firestone Copse is a haven for wildlife. Sitting behind Kite Hill and running alongside the higher reaches of Wootton Creek the area is heavily forested and a haven for wildlife. There are two main walks available. One is a circular walk of about a mile. This follows a dece...