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.

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Tony’s Teflon coating is wearing thin

March 23, 2006

With the ever-expanding scandal of the UK loans affair, teflon Tony Blair may finally have come up against something that will leave a mark, not merely on the PM himself, but on the Labour Party’s electoral chances. Scarcely a news bulletin goes by without new information coming to light – the latest being that one […]

One time Kerry Packer didn’t get what he paid for

February 21, 2006

It’s often said that the dictate to speak no ill of the dead cannot be honoured in Australia and the UK, due to our libel laws. Paradoxically, as soon as you die you start to change – in Kerry Packer’s case from the rough-as-guts mogul who liked a smoke and a flutter into the man […]

One time Kerry Packer didn’t get what he paid for

February 21, 2006

It is often said that the encomium to speak no ill of the dead cannot be honoured in Australia and the UK, due to our libel laws. Paradoxically, as soon as you die you start to change – in Kerry Packer’s case from the rough-as-guts mogul who liked a smoke and a flutter into the […]

Tony Blair’s last day at the office

February 17, 2006

Tony Blair’s departure date from British politics was announced a few days ago, although few noticed it, disguised as it was in an innocuous piece of puffery for the creation of June 27 as “Veterans Day.” “Veterans Day” is a Gordon Brown initiative, part of his attempt to create a form of left patriotism, organised […]

From saviour to pariah: the Tony Blair story

February 6, 2006

Like the buses, historic political events seem to come all at once in the UK. Last week this correspondent noted the degree to which Tony Blair’s Labour Party had become the natural party of government and achieved hegemony over the language and framework of British political life. And that judgement stands – but Blair himself […]

David Cameron’s differentiation problem

February 2, 2006

Well, down at the corner shop, or at the bar of the Rat and Parrot, the talk, of course, is all about Tory leader David Cameron’s bold attempt to cast himself as Tony Blair’s natural heir, and to tap into older notions of one-nation Toryism as a way of winning back the centre-ground. Yes, okay, […]

George Galloway’s PR trainwreck

January 27, 2006

“Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear…” Seated on the evictee’s couch, amidst a baying live audience (stacked, it was rumoured, with young Labour loyalists), maverick MP George Galloway – freshly evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother household – was beginning to realise that his extraordinary decision to take part in the show (along with basketballer […]

The commentariat’s role in Cronulla confusion

December 16, 2005

They are a dangerous unpredictable gang, their weapon of choice the text message and the mobile phone, and they are capable of joining up at a moment’s notice and beating selected victims half to death. I speak, of course, of the commentariat, both left and right, who have responded to the Cronulla riots with such […]

Why terror is so terrifying

November 17, 2005

The responses to your story by Ross Gittins regarding the mammoth difference in risk between dying from smoking or similar and dying from a terrorist incident went someway to revealing the irrationality that lies at the heart of our thinking about terror. Gittins et al argue on a purely statistical basis, while most of the […]

The questions the media should be asking…

November 10, 2005

Flattered as I am to be pinged in yesterday’s editorial, I would have thought that writing your leader about a letter you received about a comment you’d made in an earlier editorial was the sort of thing one would save for slow news days. There are many phrases you could use to describe the current […]