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Nothing ever changes

If there is any principle or lesson at all to be taken from either ‘live political party leader candidate group debates’ or their General Election equivalent (the ‘Party leaders duke it out’), it is not just that they’re a complete waste of time, but that – as night follows day [...]

June 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

And then there were … er … is it six?

With Boris Johnson as the early runaway leader in both the opinion polls and the first round of the Tories’ stage-by-stage voting system, attention has recently turned to the inevitable next phase in which the rest of the field brave enough begin vying to stay in the race by  braying about their [...]

June 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Hey ho …

This may surprise you – as to an extent it does me – but I have no particular view one way or the other on the ‘Marmite’ figure of Boris Johnson as a prospective Tory party leader and Prime Minister. The way I see it, given where the country has reached over the Brexit crisis, for good or [...]

June 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

And a quick one from me …

It’s a funny old world, but then we all knew that already, didn’t we? At the moment – well, as of midnight though things may have changed by the time I post this – yesterday we had the results of the first round of the Tory leadership contest, the Change UK party has had to change its name [...]

June 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Flogging a dead horse

Today I begin with a declaration of interest: I have long held the view that the BBC had outlived its original “Voice of the Nation” (inform, educate and entertain) purpose by about 1970 and, underpinned by its unique position and funding privilege, has been abusing it ever since. Let me [...]

June 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

You have to smile in times like these

I don’t know about you but, as a life-long cynical observer of the world of politics, in a masochistic sort of way I have always enjoyed the efforts of Fleet Street scribes who – in keeping with the public mood as identified and roundly bemoaned by professional politicians in the chaos [...]

June 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon the D-Day 75th anniversary celebrations

This time next month I shall be embarking a five-day pilgrimage to France as part of a small battlefield touring group scheduled to visit specific WW1 and WW2 sites. Last summer we made a similar expedition – given my background albeit varying knowledge in such matters, surprisingly my first – [...]

June 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another irony of it all

Today, I’m coming straight from the “stuck record” department of the Rust and at the calculated risk of potentially boring our readers once more by returning to the subject of the ongoing Brexit impasse. It remains – as it has throughout – my view that the heart of the [...]

May 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of being oneself?

Regular readers may have noticed that our current affairs department, of which I am a notional member, has effectively declared an unofficial moratorium upon matters political and Brexit these past few months, having assumed that most Rusters – like ourselves – had become heartily sick if not [...]

May 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

To vote, or not to vote …

Yesterday was a busy but sobering day for me – apart from the two pints of Harveys Sussex beer that I sank over a pub lunch with a mate – and, reflecting upon it overnight, seemed to chime with the state of modern life in Britain in the context of general malaise arising from the Brexit crisis [...]

May 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

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