Feb 20, 2013

Rundle’s Brit Bites: horsing around … byelection brief … Sunday papers …

In a new series, Guy Rundle provides an amusing take on the latest happenings in the UK.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Steak and a side saddle. Two weeks ago, it was announced to a mouth-agape UK that a popular brand of frozen lasagne contained a not-insignificant amount of horsemeat, and the usual suspects got on their high … their high … got a bit pompous about it. Those campaigning against “obesity” — mostly, against poor people with obesity — said this was an inevitable result of food being “too cheap”; little Englanders said that the adulterated food, quickly traced to a dodgy outfit in eastern Europe called, ermm, Romania, was proof that the EU didn’t work; anti-supermarket campaigners said that it was a condemnation of globalised, processed food.


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11 thoughts on “Rundle’s Brit Bites: horsing around … byelection brief … Sunday papers …

  1. Mark Duffett

    Always fun when Rundle is given free rein.

  2. paddy

    Bless you Guy. It’s a grey, miserable, squalid day down here in the south. But your cheery words have restored my spirits and caused the sacred coffee to spray bountifully over the keyboard.
    Life is good again.

  3. AR

    MarkD – boom,boom! Or not?
    Guy shows what “pen-at-large” journalism can do, a vignette here, an allusion there, here a laugh, there a gasp, everywhere something worth reading.
    I wonder whether Campy Newtman got the idea from having noted that Farrago led his party when unelected, and I think for a short while having actually resigned his membership – but he was only joshin’
    For a FPtP, non compulsory, by-election the interest will be in how many will be so obsessive/unhinged to make their X on the scrap of paper proffered. They don’t even have the option of a ‘write-in’ candidate.

  4. klewso

    Sure that was Rupert tweeting? Sounds more like Yoda?

  5. klewso

    …. looks like Yoda ….? mmmm. Me wonder does!

  6. zut alors

    So what exactly do they mean by the term ‘lamb saddle.’?

    ‘…Waitrose, the poshest of Britain’s supermarket chains (which are more class-stratified than the Indian caste system). ‘

    Incredibly, a Brit friend, an only child, was disinherited from a substantial estate due (in some part) to constantly arguing with her father over why she refused to shop at Waitrose.

  7. Gavin Moodie

    I agree that this is a great piece, and most welcome.

    Would imprisonment be likely in Australia for persuading someone to cop one’s driving penalty points?

  8. AR

    GavinM – ‘Justice’ Marcus Einfeld? And, as with Jeffrey Archer, Jonathan Aitken, Rod Alder, even Nixon, it is not the initial offence, often minor or not even illegal – the sexual proclivities Archer & Aitken were not crimes – but the perjury, the conceit of being above the Law which is only for the little people, who pay taxes & work.

  9. Joel

    My favourite was the point, made in the Guardian, that not since the rump parliament had the English government spent so much time debating beef.

  10. FelineCyclist

    Love the puns. Very funny.

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