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It’s come to this

Gawd have mercy upon me for returning to this subject because everyone I know is fed up to the back teeth with the whole kaboosh and – based upon the weekend’s airwaves and media generally – everything about it seems still completely upon in the air, totally confused and showing all the signs [...]

March 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

From absurdity to eternity

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been following the Brexit machinations since last autumn with a strange fascination whilst also simultaneously feeling totally redundant as a Rust columnist, a gig I had accepted with a self-imposed brief to cover the absurdities of British politics. It’s nigh [...]

March 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

A declaration …

Okay, I am coming out of the woods with my hands up – with just over three weeks to go [well, barring any extension of the Article 50 deadline for Brexit of 29th March and in these weird times one can rule nothing out] – and declaring to the world that I’ve completely changed my mind and have [...]

March 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

A busy press day

Some days there seems to be nothing happening in the world – and the next the internet just keeps giving. Here are links to some pieces that appear today upon the websites of UK national newspapers: POLITICS From a world which some Rusters feel may be over-represented on the pages of this [...]

March 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Knowing me, knowing them …

With the return of Alan Partridge to our television screens thankfully providing a welcome tit-bit of light relief as the endless drip-feed of bizarre developments in the House of Commons over Brexit defies the last vestiges of both logic and satire, your correspondent has been finding it [...]

February 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Interesting times

We can all remember times when it seemed the world was just coasting along with nothing much happening – and there are periods like now (let me suggest that this one began about a decade ago) in which a metaphorical “Chaos” button somewhere on high has been pressed and all hell [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Watching the modern world go by

During the course of this week – amongst other things (of course, we must not forget Brexit) – the British media has been featuring of pair of stories that some might argue have the archetypal ‘two sides’ to them and they both concern the youth of the nation. We need to dig down into [...]

February 16, 2019 // 0 Comments


… and here’s a scribe after my own heart: Tom Peck, a sketch writer from a newspaper that is not my favourite, scores a direct hit on the Government’s Defence Secretary, as spotted overnight upon the website of – THE [...]

February 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

In the realms of fantasy again

Sometimes in this crazy 21st Century world, even when on an organ like this you’re running an occasional (head-shaking-in-disbelief) column entitled Things Which Are Actually Happening But So Loopy That, Even If You Were Trying, You Couldn’t Possibly Make Up you begin to wonder whether in fact [...]

February 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

The subjectivity and sincerity of different views

For my sins, yesterday I happened to watch a segment of Good Morning Britain, ITV’s early morning show anchored by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid in which some advance relish Morgan took on an elected member of the Scottish Parliament – and the Scottish Greens spokesman on Europe – named Ross [...]

January 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

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