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About Simon Campion-Brown

A former lecturer in politics at Keele University, Simon now lives in Oxfordshire. Married with two children, in 2007 he decided to monitor the Westminster village via newspaper and television and has never looked back. More Posts

Six months and counting into it

Last weekend I joined an informal and thoroughly enjoyable Zoom meeting of half a dozen erstwhile contributors to the Rust – two of whom I have never met in the flesh – at which we just socialised, caught up with each other’s personal news and discussed the extent to which the Covid-19 crisis [...]

October 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

Hot weather and a mad world

For the mental health of citizens throughout the United Kingdom – and quite possibly also the world – on Monday I shall be setting up a petition calling upon the Government to introduce an emergency law immediately banning use of the word “unprecedented” in media reports [...]

August 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

Some home truths arising from the pandemic

I’ve been getting the impression since the coronavirus pandemic first hit the UK that humanity really needs to make its mind up between whether it would prefer to live free without restraints to “do its own thing” – albeit perhaps within some basic limits (e.g. as long as this doesn’t [...]

July 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

“Blistering barnacles!” (as Captain Haddock of Tintin fame would say)

Regular Rusters will be aware of my general antipathy towards the country of Scotland and its inhabitants and indeed my petition currently before Parliament demanding a national referendum to decide whether the country as a whole would like to eject Scotland from the United Kingdom. Let’s examine [...]

July 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Nothing to write home about, as usual

For my sins, last night I watched Boris’ Speech to the Nation on BBC One at 7.00pm and the the Huw Edwards-anchored BBC News Special that followed. Long-suffering Rusters will be aware of my overwhelming cynicism towards politicians, which extends to the view that Boris is not Premier material [...]

May 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

Taking stock but always in vain

When the time comes to look back over the course of UK’s coronavirus crisis – and possibly the world’s too – one aspect that will need examining in depth is the general degree of public semi-madness, concern and anxiety generated by the endless amounts of rumour, speculation, fantasy, [...]

May 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

We are where we are

Last night at about 7.40pm by chance – not long before my standard bedtime – I joined the BBC1 broadcast of its long-running news & current affairs investigative programme Panorama (season 29, episode 17, entitled Has The Government Failed the NHS?) in which reporter Richard Bilton [...]

April 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Just another Thursday …

Surveying the ongoing wreckage piling up as the UK struggles on into its fourth week (is it?) of lockdown I’m very glad that my connection with the modern world of social media remains so slight and fleeting, partly because I don’t understand much of it and – even if I did – I wouldn’t [...]

April 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

You couldn’t make it up (again)

What is that old saying – “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”? It occurred to me over the weekend that, unintentionally or otherwise, the home truths are beginning to come home in spades as we enter the third [or is it the fourth?] week of the lockdown with the Government having [...]

April 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

What goes around comes around

Returning from my own self-isolation purdah – from about May of 2019 I’ve been sparing in my Rust contributions largely because, the way the world was going, there seemed little point in continuing to air my unflinchingly cynical views upon political matters for fear of boring this organ’s [...]

March 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

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