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Look at me now, not where I’ve been

It is a fact of life that politicians – and therefore media news and current affairs departments – the world over tend to operate as if we’re living in a ‘rolling news’ 24/7 world. Former UK premier Harold Wilson is attributed with having uttered the line ‘A week is a long time in [...]

November 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiona Woolf

Some 25 years ago I had a gig in international promotion for the Law Society’s international committee chaired by Fiona Woolf. We became friends and used to have what I like to call a power breakfast at the Connaught. She struck me as forceful but with a certain engaging vivacity. I was not [...]

November 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

About par for the course

Last night I attended my first-ever police liaison group meeting. I had better explain. About a year ago I was coming out of my car park when a couple of guys about my age (60 plus) stopped me for a chat. They were ‘public’ members of the local police liaison group and were ‘walking the [...]

October 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

It came to me in a flash

In a perverse way, probably like many National Rust readers, I quite enjoyed my live Sky News coverage of David Cameron’s press conference meltdown yesterday over the EU’s latest demand of the United Kingdom – a £1.7 billion ‘penalty’ for our economy performing slightly better than [...]

October 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

A full day for once

One aspect of growing old is that you don’t have quite the energy stores of yesteryear. Yesterday I had a moderately busy time of it – something of a novelty in itself – the schedule for which involved going for a catch-up morning coffee with my daughter in a town just north of Oxford and [...]

October 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Complicated issues

As a spin-off from my piece yesterday on the sentence given out to Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, today I venture into equally difficult and complex waters by taking as my subject the current media cause célèbre of the release from prison of convicted rapist Ched Evans and the row over whether [...]

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s the context that counts

Yesterday in South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was finally given a five year custodial sentence for his conviction in respect of the culpable homicide of his then girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines’ Day 2013. [I should declare a minor personal interest here in that I am a lawyer, [...]

October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back for seconds

Following my piece published on the National Rust yesterday, please excuse me popping up so soon with another full of more cynicism about those who play the British politics game. I was prompted to do so partly because of an article by Robert Colville on the hypocrisy of Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg [...]

October 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The record’s stuck, I’m afraid

Any worthwhile study of how politics works should be grounded in an exercise in developing an understanding of the absurd and counter-intuitive. Listening to the radio, reading the newspapers and watching current affairs television programmes over the weekend, one was forcibly reminded of the fact. [...]

October 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

The political Laurel and Hardy effect

I watched the report upon yesterday’s Commons session on Scottish devolution, and especially its ramifications, on the BBC 6 o’ Clock News last night – the highlight of which was a speech by the revitalised former Premier Gordon Brown, building upon his intervention in the [...]

October 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

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