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Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle  — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle is correspondent-at-large for Crikey. He's a former editor of Arena Magazine and contributes to a variety of publications in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Come here, go away: keeping up with Noel Pearson

Come here, go away: keeping up with Noel Pearson

Noel Pearson’s triple-whammy last week – getting excerpts of his Griffith Review essay in three major papers – brought back some memories.

Glenn Milne confronts metaphor. Metaphor the loser

Glenn Milne confronts metaphor. Metaphor the loser

These days you can see the rivets popping and beams buckling in Surry Hills as – following the failure of Howard’s numbers to improve after the Budget – the good ship News changes course.

The Labour Party and British politics: the mock fighting is circular

The Labour Party and British politics: the mock fighting is circular

By Tuesday evening over here, Gordon Brown was well on track for a coronation when Labour meets to elect a new leader in June. With the deadline for nominations closing on Thursday, he’s got 282 names signed up, with challenger John McDonnell currently stuck on 27, and needing 45.

Nuclear Pakistan teeters on chaos. That's terror

Nuclear Pakistan teeters on chaos. That's terror

Iraq is strife torn. Afghanistan too. Yet nothing reveals the bogus nature of the war on terror more explicitly than the attention, or lack of it, being paid to Pakistan at the moment -- a country that has an actual nuclear arsenal and is having fire-fights in the centre of its largest city. Is it because we have no way to fit into the security narrative of the 'war on terror'?

Searching for meaning in the hunt for little Madeleine

Searching for meaning in the hunt for little Madeleine

The McCanns’ tragedy strikes a chord with many because it represents, in ghastly form, the collapse of public meaning in so many lives.

Blair’s domestic record: so what of the social policy?

Blair’s domestic record: so what of the social policy?

If the Blair decade has any defence, it is in the twin claims to running a prosperous economy and to have introduced a range of concrete policies that improved everyday life. But what of the social policy?

Special. So f-cking special: The Blair decade

Special. So f-cking special: The Blair decade

The fact is that, under Tony Blair, Labour cut all ties not only with anything resembling democratic socialism, but also with social democracy, and even the most centrist notion of a left. That is the Blair decade.

There is no limit on what could happen in Iraq now

There is no limit on what could happen in Iraq now

Two things happened in Iraq in the last 48 hours to indicate that the conflict in the country is entering yet another new phase, writes Guy Rundle.

Budget night: a triumph of rite over truth

Budget night: a triumph of rite over truth

So it is that every year, our shaman gather in Canberra. Like priests before a ritual they are sealed off from the profane world in a special retreat (‘the lock-up’) and bonded together in a sacred pact, which sets them off as a distinct group against the rest of their people.

Kapow! Snookered by a confused Scottish election result

Kapow! Snookered by a confused Scottish election result

Leaving aside the charm of a franchise where actual votes can still be subject to the elements, the combination of a chaotic process and the absence of a party with anything amounting to a majority may mean that the election will have to be held again -- either court-ordered, or in 28 days’ time, if no clear first minister and government has emerged.