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Queue here for the bun-fight

Yesterday afternoon the main UK broadcasters [the BBC, ITV, Channel Four and Sky] ‘called David Cameron’s bluff’ by announcing that they were going to proceed, as they had originally planned, with two televised electoral debates involving seven party leaders, plus one head-to-head version [...]

March 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Strap yourselves in, folks …

I’ve never hidden my limitless cynicism about those that inhabit the world of politics but, as the daily readership of the Rust soars ever-closer to the 500 million mark, for the benefit of any new readers, let me lay my heart upon my sleeve. I’ve never voted in any political election and – [...]

March 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Admitting what you’re thinking

A confession. Yesterday I was watching the television reports of the three schoolgirls from Bethnal Green Academy in Tower Hamlets – apparently their headmaster says that there is no evidence they were radicalised by anything related to his establishment, meanwhile some pundits are attacking [...]

February 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Living up to the image

Over time I have come to form the view that – when it comes to social addictions, if devotion to the likes of of food, cigarettes and alcohol can be described as such – there are basically two types of human personalities, viz. those who possess ‘addictive’ genes [i.e. are susceptible to [...]

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

No surprise there, then

With the 2015 General Election campaign off to a somewhat low-key start – can anyone tell me with it has officially begun yet? – it is always comforting and reassuring to receive yet more confirmation that our political elite, and the cohorts of administrative Sir Humphreys that [...]

February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

What goes around

I had things to do yesterday morning but, despite this, fortunately found myself back home in time to settle in for Prime Minister’s Question Time as broadcast by the Daily Politics show on BBC2. We are of course now in General Election campaigning mode and it was perhaps inevitable that the [...]

February 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

90-odd days and counting

Yesterday, on behalf of the cause, I made a point of watching BBC2’s Daily Politics at noon, then the first programme in Michael Cockerell’s four-part series on Inside The Commons at 9.00pm, followed by the first episode of Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report at 10.00pm. The latter two are part [...]

February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Worth a read

Having acknowledged that anyone begins a piece with the words ‘Don’t get me wrong, …’ runs the risk of falling foul of the quotation from Shakespeare’s Hamlet ‘The lady doth protest too much, methinks …’ and/or the natural cynicism that accompanies [...]

January 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Brace yourselves!

We are told – and I have no reason to disbelieve it – that from today there are exactly 100 days to go until the 2015 General Election. Inevitably, the average punter like me gains most of his impressions about what is going on in British politics from the radio and television. I prefer the [...]

January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

What triumph is this?

So The Sun has quietly dropped its Page 3 topless model shots and I spent much of my yesterday being presented with female MPs, campaigners and celebrities on television and radio meowing in triumph at the demise of this iconic symbol of male chauvinism and tendency to treat women as objects, not [...]

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

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