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The EU conundrum

This morning in the Daily Telegraph – and on this subject (pardon me for this) I do not know the paper’s official editorial stance – there is a feature article claiming that a significant group of Tory donors, business leaders and senior politicians are now backing the campaign to leave the [...]

October 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sometimes violence is the only way

The comedian Jackie Mason has many observations about his Jewish race and one is its lack of violence. As he puts it, if you were walking down the street and saw 4 Jewish accountants approaching  you you would not cross over to the other side. However it was not always thus as in the late 1940s [...]

October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Such is life …

One of the aspects about modern life that most often irritates me is the sheer numbers of people that exist and then on top, of course, the knock-on effects thereof. [Having opened with that sweeping statement, I perhaps need to qualify myself. I am not addressing the issues of the global size of [...]

October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Charity begins at home

Yesterday, whilst I was continuing my four-day stay in the country, my host (an elderly relative) suddenly announced that he had decided to attend a service at his local church – thereby resuming his regular Sunday routine after a gap of about four months. Long ago he stopped going to the Matins [...]

October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

All’s well that ends well

I spent yesterday at the coast with my aged father. It began inauspiciously with two expeditionary failures. The first was a drive to the local town’s theatre – when we arrived there at 0915 hours we learned for the first time that its box office does not open until 1000 hours and we [...]

October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

And so the world keep turning

In the world of politics, statesmanship and ‘the way things are’ two developments struck me yesterday as highlighting some of the eternal complexities that those operating power, or aspiring to do so, face in the modern world. Firstly, on the final day of its autumn conference, the British [...]

October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Happy times are here again!

I particularly enjoy the autumn political parties’ conference season because of the opportunity it provides to watch each of them preaching to the converted and supposedly seeking to reach out to the wider British public. Quite how the media still treats the Lib-Dems as a serious political party [...]

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

A welcome advance

At the Rust we like to give credit where credit is due. For years the website of The Independent has been the poor relation among those of the UK’s broadsheet newspapers, looking far more of back bedroom amateur effort than the product of a major media organ. Today it seems things have [...]

September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

First impressions

Shortly after the BBC’s Daily Politics show’s coverage of the House of Commons’ Prime Minister’s Question Time had finished yesterday I had occasion to ring one of my brothers to discuss a subject of mutual interest. As it happens, at the time he was in the middle of a meeting with my other [...]

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

A day in Southampton

Yesterday I visited the Southampton Boat Show, not so much because I am a yottie but because I know people who are. A former work colleague had contacted me to announce he was attending with some pals and – if I was doing nothing else – I might like to join them. That was the case. Apart from [...]

September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

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