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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

The game continues as before … for now

Thank God – or someone – that the UK party political conference season is finally over. I suppose that it was fitting that the Lib-Dems were last to step up to the plate, with their leader Nick Clegg gaining praise for his apparently good delivery of a stirring ‘Call to Arms’ speech as we [...]

October 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

The song remains the same

The political party conference season is almost over. We’ve had those from Labour, the Tories – somehow perhaps missed UKIP’s and the Green’s along the way – and now we’ve got the Lib-Dems’, which is taking place, or has just taken place [it’s difficult to tell] in Glasgow. In a [...]

October 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Changing times

This new tax disc business on motor vehicles is a bit of a rum thing, don’t you think? I renewed mine about a month ago, so I’m presuming that I can keep it exhibited on my car window until eleven months from now – but is that right? Am I going to be getting a tap on the shoulder from the [...]

October 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back in the old routine

I’m not sure whether it’s just because we’re within eight months of a General Election – or indeed whether David Cameron and/or his Coalition generally is the main culprit – but it appears to me that, more than ever, our politicians are currently obsessed with ‘gesture [...]

October 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

I don’t have a good feeling about this …

Today I wish to begin by thanking the many thousands of National Rust readers who have sent messages of goodwill and encouragement after my slight crisis of indisposition over the Scottish referendum on independence. I’m feeling very much better after my time off and my only lasting regret is [...]

September 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Being careful what you wish for

A couple of things have occurred to me in the past 36 hours, in the wake of the Scottish referendum result, its fall-out and the implications for the rest of the UK and indeed the Westminster-based form of parliament. By way of introduction, I refer firstly to the fact that the Scottish referendum [...]

September 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Getting down to it

Scotland has had its referendum and decided to remain within the United Kingdom. The wider implications are enormous, as indeed they would also have been if Scotland had voted “Yes”. The potential fall-out the UK now faces highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of democracy. The losing [...]

September 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Onward we go!

I am personally devastated by the “No” result of the Scottish referendum. All my soundings, feelers, expectations and indeed earnest hopes were that the Jocks would vote for independence and leave the rest of the UK to go forward into a brave new world in which we would eventually dominate [...]

September 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

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