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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

Come to think of it, you probably COULD make it up …

One of the catch phrases of the late and great English comic Frankie Howerd (1917-1992) – usually deployed after he’d taken his audience/viewers into his confidence and made some withering, disparaging, remark about some hapless individual that had prompted gales of laughter – was to [...]

October 1, 2022 // 0 Comments

Arrivederci, Boris …

On this organ – in the main – we do our best to avoid what might be described as “straight reporting” of headline news stories and/or sporting contests for a combination of three reasons. Firstly, because the mainstream Fleet Street media and others supply this ad nauseam upon a [...]

July 8, 2022 // 0 Comments

“Wokeness” is here to stay, folks …

Here are a selection of some latest media stories on the state of “wokeness” in the United Kingdom – and, inevitably, the Rust‘s “You couldn’t make it up” department would have had a field day with some of them:- The University of Northampton has decreed that some of its students [...]

January 23, 2022 // 0 Comments

There are two sides to every situation, including life

Regular readers will be aware of The Rust‘s mission statement and purpose – i.e. watching, reviewing and analysing events in the 21st Century world from the perspective of those of us who are slightly beyond the first flush of youth. One of the fundamental challenges of the human condition [...]

January 20, 2022 // 0 Comments

More “woke pro-cyclist madness” …

From our “You just couldn’t make it up” department:- Here’s another glaring example in the Rust‘s ongoing campaign against the Government’s misguided policies championing the nefarious interests of cyclists above those of tens of millions of  law-abiding [...]

January 5, 2022 // 0 Comments

Party time at Number 10

One of the more surprising aspects of the current snowstorm of crises surrounding the besieged regime of Boris Johnson is that anyone finds it surprising. From his teenage years onwards, almost everyone who ever came into close contact with the present incumbent of Number 10 had him marked down as [...]

December 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

Happy Christmas, everyone!

One of the fascinating aspects of the ongoing saga of the Covid-19 pandemic – latest development the “discovery” of the Omicron variant believed by some to have first occurred in southern Africa, if not South Africa itself – is that the battalions of both the “No other way to deal with [...]

December 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

And now for something completely different

It’s difficult – in these strange times – to retain any sensible perspective upon what’s going on in the world. Here I’m not referring to “fake news” and/or the apparently ever-increasing phenomenon in which people begin to retreat behind extreme trenchant viewpoints and then take [...]

November 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

The face of things to come

Call me an old-fashioned, out of touch, curmudgeon if you will – as a Ruster, I guess it comes with the territory – but sometimes the antics of politicians the world over drive me to distraction. Three articles featuring on the website of the Daily Mail overnight struck me as highlighting [...]

October 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

“What’s Going On” (as Marvin Gaye would have sung)

I’m glad I’m not a politician – it’s got to be one of the most unenviable jobs known to man (or woman), notwithstanding the fact that there are (and will always be) those who are inexorably drawn to taking their chances at standing for public office and indeed becoming an MP – and then [...]

August 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

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