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The Conference season merry-go-round begins

The annual autumn political party conference season is upon us. I state as much for those who might thus far have missed it – and that could be most of us because the Liberal version has already been and gone to nil effect, but what’s new about that? Currently the Labour equivalent is cranking [...]

September 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here’s another fine mess …

There’s little doubt that the overwhelming majority of the UK electorate is heartily sick of the subject of Brexit which has been dominating the thoughts and schemes of our political establishment – like no other issue – ever since the morning of 24th June 2016 (date upon which most [...]

September 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The way it’s going even as you sleep …

These days – some three years into the life of this great organ of the internet – it is sometimes worthwhile reminding ourselves of the speed at which the world is moving ever onwards into an uncertain future as we oldies fight our continuing and losing battle to keep up. [When I paused for a [...]

August 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

The beginning of a bright new dawn

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the past couple of days thinking through the implications of recent media reports referenced by Rust columnists suggesting that the recent spate of forest wildfires in Portugal and California and the current all-out drought destroying the farming industry [...]

August 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Experience teaches you something but I don’t know what it is

It is a supposed burden of having been Winston Churchill – an eminently quotable gentleman – that there exists an entire sub-Churchillian industry in which ‘catchy’ things he didn’t ever actually say are ascribed to his authorship and/or improvisation and thus gain widespread currency on [...]

August 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Towards an uncertain future

For those of us either declining into old age in a state of semi-delirium – glad if not relieved and relaxed that the endless march of technology is gradually leaving us behind – or perhaps concerned that all notions of human society order, beliefs and norms are being summarily [...]

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Remain-watch (first of an occasional series)

It occurred to me last week that, unpalatable as any mention of politics may seem during the current heatwave, some Rusters might benefit from occasionally being kept abreast of some of the more absurd Bremoaner tosh on offer in the British media. Apart from providing a degree of amusement, I [...]

August 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

The means may change but History always repeats itself

Overnight the lead stories on both the website of The Guardian newspaper and Radio Five Live have been similar, detailing advance ‘leaks’ of the finding of a Commons parliamentary Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee about the clear and present danger that the recent global [...]

July 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s all somebody’s Fake News, if you think about it

I suspect like many others I’ve lived the bulk of my life in a warm bubble of perception in which – broadly speaking, despite growing evidence to the contrary as from the late 19th Century onwards as Britain slid from a Grade A imperial power into something a little more mundane – at least [...]

July 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

Mamma Mia! Here we go again (the Brexit version)

Even by the ever-plunging standards of current affairs/politics in the 21st Century, my overnight browsing of the main UK newspaper websites made for sobering reading. What with Mrs May’s attempt to sell her Chequers Agreement version of Brexit in Northern Ireland going off at half-cock, EU [...]

July 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

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