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The economic facts of life

One of the weirder aspects of the Election campaign – repeatedly aired in the Leaders’ Debates on television – is the polar extremes of how those of differing political persuasion view strategies to deal with the state of Britain’s finances. The Tories have, as usual, nailed their [...]

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The same old, same old politics

Party out of duty, partly out of interest, I tuned in last night (Monday 20th April) to watch The Leader Interviews: Ed Miliband at 7.30pm on BBC1. Said grillings are conducted by Newsnight presenter Evan Davis, who for some is a bit of an acquired taste. However, I am neutral on the issue because [...]

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Troubling issues

The news yesterday that the Crown Prosecution Service has decided that it would not be in the public interest for Lord Janner to face prosecution for alleged sexual offences committed more than two decades ago because of his state of his health raises many difficult topics. The decision has been [...]

April 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Election debate report

As a Rust commentator upon politics I felt it my duty to watch last night’s television debate chaired by David Dimbleby from Westminster’s Central Hall on BBC1 in order to bring readers my latest report from the General Election front-line. [I should perhaps begin with my traditional disclaimer [...]

April 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Election-watch report

Monday night is a dreadful night for television-viewing, probably because the main terrestrial channels have budgeted to spend all their cash over the weekend and therefore – both because they’ve run out and imagine that people are tired of vegetating on their sofas – they transmit nothing of [...]

April 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Confronting the past

Yesterday I popped down to visit my father – at whose gaff huge quantities of extended-family photographs and mementos are stored – to rendezvous with my daughter, who was on a mission to seek out image of herself and her brother as young kids. This was further to her aunt’s engagement of a [...]

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

A disaster, but who takes responsibility?

Here’s a link to a worthy and worrying article by Jonathan Owen on the website of The Independent today, on the vexed subject of the overall cost of PFI initiatives as established under both Tory and Labour regimes – see here – THE [...]

April 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

That’s it, I’ve had enough

I’m supposed to be covering politics for this organ – and have been doing my best to keep up on a daily basis with what’s been going on in the campaign the better to do it in a General Election year – but, to be honest, with only about four weeks until 7th May I’ve begun to lose the will [...]

April 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

How it comes across

Yesterday I went to my health club in the cause of my fitness regime – well, I say that, but in reality it is a weight-loss/vanity campaign. It is also one that is becoming increasingly frustrating because, despite my best efforts, I have stalled at the same weight for the past three weeks. [...]

April 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Election betting

So far in the electoral campaign I have read both in the Rust and elsewhere much on policies and personalities but little on what I believe to be the most reliable predictors of all, the bookies. So the editor asked me to take off my green jacket and put a towel over my head to enlighten readers on [...]

April 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

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