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Articles by Simon Campion-Brown

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

It’s all up in the air and staying there

My sermon today covers ground far beyond that of my normal brief and in one sense that probably justifies today’s topic (and with bells on) anyway. At some point last year in one of my Rust columns I announced that, post the election and inauguration of US President Donald Trump, I was [...]

July 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

This one will run and run

As someone who voted Leave in the EU Referendum, I must begin by declaring that interest. The political Establishment’s carping that ‘Leave voters had no understanding of what they were voting for, that’s why we must have a vote – or even a second Referendum – about [...]

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Backing into the limelight again …

Today I’m breaking my vow of silence upon the subject of Brexit, moved to do so by pieces I have spotted overnight on newspaper websites. So far as I can tell nobody is disputing that the Government’s conduct of the UK’s ‘leaving the EU’ negotiations gives every impression of being worked [...]

June 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of being careful what you wish for

Yesterday I joined a conversation in which the subject of Brexit came up. I promise you this was absolutely was none of my making. It against a background in which Neil Kinnock has just castigated the Labour Party for its stance, or non-stance, on the issue and the House of Lords is doing its best [...]

May 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s only a matter of telling the truth (if it is the truth) …

Yesterday, for my sins, I was watching ITV’s early morning show (6.30am–8.30am) Good Morning Britain which I tend to do on days when Piers Morgan is presiding alongside Susannah Reid because he’s a larger-than-life character and far more entertaining than anything the BBC can offer. [...]

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Give me strength!

One thing that hacks me off is when ‘the Establishment’ in the Western First World openly displays its contempt for the ordinary man in the street. I’m not a fantasist or idealist – it’s been happening since history, let alone the concept of democracy, began – but my gripe is with the [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bias, of course, depends upon where you’re coming from

Over the past few weeks, probably closer to months now, my posts to this organ have been rather thin on the ground – partly because admittedly I’ve had other things occupying my time and interest, but mainly because of a growing impression in my mind that could be filed under either ‘no [...]

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Andrew Marr Show

The Andrew Marr show may be BBC’s flagship political programme and required viewing for many but in true contrarian Campion-Brown fashion I don’t like it. Why? Firstly it is too focused around the presenter. Aside from the title and a tv screen that reads ‘Marr’, the programme begins [...]

March 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Is it too late for common sense to prevail?

It think it fitting that I should apologise at the outset for returning to the vexed issue of Brexit – especially when (apart from those who are rabid Leavers or Remainers) about 90% of the people I know or come across to talk to are thoroughly fed up with even the sound of the word, let alone [...]

February 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another fine mess

Life is unfair. You get born – wake up – and find that either you’re the third son of a Duke of the realm and discover that everything is presented to you on a plate and you’re never going to have earn a living … or you’re the fourth son of a couple living on state benefits in a sink [...]

January 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

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