Prompted by this controversy in the national press, how do we feel about the Isle of Wight?
Despite my mockery of the island to tease Halo, I’m a fan. Considering moving there after the kids are grown up.
The Ofsted chair, David Hoare, has come under fire for describing the Isle of Wight as a poor “ghetto” that suffers from inbreeding.
Hoare, a former City banker, said the island was blighted by a “mass of crime, drug problems [and] huge unemployment,” as well as underperforming schools.
His extraordinary comments provoked a strong backlash from people on the Isle of Wight, where the council leader, Jonathan Bacon, condemned Hoare’s remarks as “an insult to the proud and hardworking Isle of Wight community”.
Ofsted also moved swiftly to distance itself from its chairman, insisting that Hoare’s views “do not reflect the views of Ofsted or the chief inspector [of schools]”.