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Appeasing Hitler

Tim Bouverie has written a measured, well researched account of the Appeasement years. He cites several reasons for the appeasement policy of Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain: 1) the country was ill-prepared for war; 2) there was a mood of pacifism in the country which may well have resulted [...]

June 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

They are watching you

Bob Tickler’s post that he is eschewing all forms of technology based on the Internet may not seems as luddite as it sounds. Last Monday on Radio 4 the programmme File on Four explained the latest advances in surveillance and the problems these pose. The Israelis are at the forefront of this [...]

June 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Flogging a dead horse

Today I begin with a declaration of interest: I have long held the view that the BBC had outlived its original “Voice of the Nation” (inform, educate and entertain) purpose by about 1970 and, underpinned by its unique position and funding privilege, has been abusing it ever since. Let me [...]

June 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

What’s possible – and what is not

One of the Rust’s regular topics returned to the top table this week with Tom Hollingworth’s piece yesterday on the ‘woke’ BBC’s slavish craven politically-correct devotion to the promotion of women in sport presumably under the guise of ‘equality of opportunity’. Inevitably, this [...]

June 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Then and Now

On the back of such as this week’s 75th commemorations of the D-Day Landings it is not hard to be left reflecting upon aspects of the randomness of life. In a sense there was no irony in the “Don’t call us heroes …” pleas made by several of them in their television and [...]

June 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

You didn’t see it here first

Hard on the heels of our columnist Neil Rosen’s excellent piece on his love of war films, here comes an entry in one of the Rust‘s ongoing series of lists. Graeme Ross offers his selection of the Top Twenty WW2 movies of all time – see here, as appears upon the website today of [...]

June 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

A missed opportunity (perhaps?)

Here I must begin with an admission that by personal choice I watched but fifteen minutes of last night’s Liverpool’s historic victory in the European Champions League Final in Madrid before going to bed and that therefore this piece is largely based upon overnight radio reports to which I have [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon the D-Day 75th anniversary celebrations

This time next month I shall be embarking a five-day pilgrimage to France as part of a small battlefield touring group scheduled to visit specific WW1 and WW2 sites. Last summer we made a similar expedition – given my background albeit varying knowledge in such matters, surprisingly my first – [...]

June 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of being oneself?

Regular readers may have noticed that our current affairs department, of which I am a notional member, has effectively declared an unofficial moratorium upon matters political and Brexit these past few months, having assumed that most Rusters – like ourselves – had become heartily sick if not [...]

May 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Phew! What a Scorcher!

One of my regular purchase these last fifty years has been Private Eye the satirical magazine founded in 1961 by amongst others comedian Peter Cook, Andrew Osmond and Peter Usbourne. I’m a firm believer in turning over every proverbial stone and exposing the shady dealings, inconsistencies, [...]

May 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

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