Dec 7, 2017

Rundle: send in the clowns

The only thing the Right has ever been able to claim was their efficiency. Now, they don't even have that.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


“Pretty sloppy, Rundy.” The voice came from behind me on the Melbourne Uni stairs. Thirty years ago, in the meeting rooms above the Gerry Kitchener Sandwich Bar.

David Feeney, former Melbourne Uni House and Services Officer (co-office with Kathy Koukouvas, Jackson as became) was taunting me.

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25 thoughts on “Rundle: send in the clowns

  1. Jeff Dixon

    Rundle, you got that wrong: the expression “Stockholm Syndrome” was created after a 1973 bank robbery, nothing to do with the German embassy in Stockholm and Andreas Baader. Baader got the shits when the GSG9 stormed the hijacked Lufthansa plane in Mogadishu, after which he (allegedly) shot himself.

    1. AR

      JeffD – you beat me to it. It’s one thing to have a bad memory but in these google days it is just laziness to commit such howlers to print.
      Don’t blame it on the boogey, or dope fug or even Smiths.

    2. lykurgus

      Will you all please stop picking on him – David was mean to him that one time…
      Why can’t you all just LEAVE GUY ALONE!

  2. pjp

    Hey Guy Rundle, dropping Andreas Baader into your stream of consciousness about sloppy and incompetent Australian politicians is a very bad idea. Haven’t you ever heard about the Deutscher Herbst of 1977?
    Baader was found guilty of the murder of four people and the attempted murder of more than 50. Yep, he did have his shit together and knew how to get a job done – unlike our current crop of politicians – but he also tore the heart and soul out of (West) Germany.
    If you really want to be intellectually and ethically sloppy and namedrop chic urban revolutionaries from a pre-Smiths era, what about doing a little bit of research first to find out just how ruthless and murderous they truly were? The consequences of 1977 are still being dealt with in modern Germany thirty years after the Smiths broke up – e.g. see recent reports in the German media about Silke Maier-Witt in which she reveals her love of the Smiths LPs.

  3. Bob the builder

    Yawn. How many articles are you going to write with the basic thesis –

    “Should Labor not rebel after all that, well that would be Stockholm syndrome.”

    They’ve been written since Whitlam.

    1. Draco Houston

      It has been true since Whitlam.

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