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The last word (nearly)

I have been fascinated by recent contributions to this organ – underlining as they have the freedom of our scribes to plough their own furrow and address any subject from any angle that pleases them – and which nevertheless, perhaps inevitably have concentrated somewhat upon the General [...]

December 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

The morning after

Travelling to the centre of Brighton by bus for my hair appointment yesterday morning it was very much business as usual and I heard no reference to the election on the bus or in the hairdressing salon. As usual passengers were on their mobile droning on about the mundanity of their day. I like my [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

The folly of being divorced from reality

After all the excitements of Election night itself and the media analysis of the entrails yesterday which I (and no doubt many others) tuned to – given the general backdrop and recent prolonged paralysis at Westminster – with an inner sense that we were watching a far-reaching historical [...]

December 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Election Reflections

My invariable practice with all night events is to hit the sack early, knowing I will wake up regularly but in truth – once the exit poll is announced at 10.03pm – we know the result. It was interesting to see the differences between the last campaign and this, from the micro-level of [...]

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of entrenched inadequacy

No system of government capable of being devised by humans will ever be perfect and yet after everything that has occurred in this sphere of life in the UK over the past fifty years – not least the unedifying ongoing mess we’ve been subjected to since 2015 and most particularly the progress of [...]

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

The benefits of openness

Few are more repelled by 21st Century ‘wokeism’, post-modern feminism and general Millennial ‘guilt’ about the glories or otherwise of Western ‘First Nation’ countries’ past exploits and achievements than me, but content in my status as a cantankerous old [...]

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

They keep on coming

Apart from taking the opportunity to wish readers of the Rust all the very best for the festive season and indeed 2020, my purpose today is – in keeping with my ‘brief’ as a columnist – to provide them with links to three media stories of potential historical/archaeological [...]

December 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fake News (not!)

You know those occasional days when – with every last detail of your carefully-constructed schedule double-checked and for just once in your life, against all expectations, you seem to be ‘ahead of the game’ as you set off … and then something happens which no amount of D-D-Day Landings [...]

December 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Into the home straight …

With effectively ‘four days and counting down’ to the vote, on the evidence of my early morning excursion around the news websites the General Election has now reached the ‘silly’ stage. One poll I saw had the Tories going out to an 11 point lead, another had then at 7 points ahead. Both [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Would the last person to leave please turn out the lights …

Last night the electorate was treated to one of the anticipated highlights of the General Election campaign, the BBC’s head-to-head hour-long debate between Boris and Jeremy, chaired by Nick Robinson on BBC1 at 8.30pm in front of a live audience. [It has just occurred to me that in using the [...]

December 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

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