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About Simon Campion-Brown

A former lecturer in politics at Keele University, Simon now lives in Oxfordshire. Married with two children, in 2007 he decided to monitor the Westminster village via newspaper and television and has never looked back. More Posts

I’ve just had an idea

As I was waking from my slumbers overnight I heard a mention on Up All Night – Radio Five Live’s ‘through the night’ programme on this occasion hosted by Dotun Adebayo – (or indeed it may just have been during a news bulletin being reader by a male person just before said programme began) [...]

November 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

On our choice of political leaders

[Before launching today’s treatise, I’m going to issue a disclaimer. The fact is that a subject theme suddenly occurred to me and I’ve now come to the keyboard with no particular idea where it’s going to lead. In short, I’m embarking upon some improvised riffing and therefore I must [...]

October 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Saturday march – and a few thoughts

As an avowed cynic on the subject of the Western World’s hypocritical political and Establishment elites [query – are they not the same thing?] steeped in their (lip-service only) approach to the inconvenient principles of ‘democracy’, I trust that Rust readers will understand and feel [...]

October 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The illogicality of rational thought

As any fule no, on the vexed issue of Brexit the UK newspaper The Independent is a Remainer. For the last six months or so it has also been running a campaign for a second Referendum entitled “#Final Say” which it publicises every day, not only by calling for a petition to be signed [...]

October 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Looking on the positive side …

Having deliberately refrained from addressing my favourite subject (you can file it under the general heading Cynicism Towards Everyone Who Has Ever Been Involved in Politics) in recent months, I return to it today following a dinner party I attended recently at which the future of the globe became [...]

October 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Coming into the home straight …

I begin my post today by apologising to Rust readers for addressing the current and bizarre state of politics in the UK, dominated as it is by the vexed issue of Brexit, of which – I’m sure in common with a large section of the British public – I am fed up, weary and heartily sick. There’s [...]

September 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here’s another fine mess …

There’s little doubt that the overwhelming majority of the UK electorate is heartily sick of the subject of Brexit which has been dominating the thoughts and schemes of our political establishment – like no other issue – ever since the morning of 24th June 2016 (date upon which most [...]

September 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Going out and about in the modern world

Yesterday I went shopping in Kingston, a town in south-west London well known for its facilities in this respect. As it happens, courtesy of my senior citizen’s Freedom Pass, I chose to travel there by bus – not an experience that I have often embraced in recent times. The expedition was [...]

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Remain-watch (first of an occasional series)

It occurred to me last week that, unpalatable as any mention of politics may seem during the current heatwave, some Rusters might benefit from occasionally being kept abreast of some of the more absurd Bremoaner tosh on offer in the British media. Apart from providing a degree of amusement, I [...]

August 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Mamma Mia! Here we go again (the Brexit version)

Even by the ever-plunging standards of current affairs/politics in the 21st Century, my overnight browsing of the main UK newspaper websites made for sobering reading. What with Mrs May’s attempt to sell her Chequers Agreement version of Brexit in Northern Ireland going off at half-cock, EU [...]

July 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

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