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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

A slice of political chat

Last night I popped over to see my brother and his family to discuss a family issue and the conversation swung to the forthcoming UK General Election, specifically last week’s ‘Seven Leaders’ TV debate. The topic of the importance of voting – and the rights and wrongs of the UK political [...]

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A wake-up call … but for what?

The fall-out and speculation caused by the televised ‘Seven Leaders’ debate on Thursday evening continues to dominate the news media. I don’t sense that this is a five-day wonder, either. The pundits, based upon political surveys and polls – both supposedly independent/impartial and those [...]

April 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Up All Night

Well somebody had to do it on behalf of the National Rust – last night, having downed my evening meal and a large slug of vodka and tonic, I switched my television to ITV at about two minutes to 8.00pm, took a deep breath and prepared to watch the General Election’s 7-person leaders’ debate. [...]

April 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Keeping ahead of the game

I believe it was Churchill who once said “If you’re not a liberal when you’re twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain”, but one of the genuinely worrying aspects of growing older is the constant need to avoid disconnecting from the modern world [...]

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Counting down …

I promise I’m doing my level best to get excited about the General Election campaign – which, the pundits were saying yesterday, has just 38 days to go – but already it feels like I’m swimming upstream in a fast-moving swollen river. Here are some personal snapshot reactions to [...]

March 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

A failed attempt to get involved

I had thought those televised Election interviews/debates were some way off, but – bingo! – having switched temporarily to Sky News yesterday in order to catch up on the latest on the tragedy of the Germanwings airliner crash, I was suddenly confronted by a ‘throw’ to some [...]

March 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

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