Guy Rundle  — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


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.


Screws of the World ensnares s-xy socialist

July 26, 2006

Mid-summer is usually the silly season for the media, and nowhere more than in the UK, where even a 25 degree day is enough to make everyone gaga (a recent report on global warning emphasised the crisis that would enfold Britain once we enter an era of 35-40 degrees+ days per year. The horror!). This […]

The history summit’s subtle stitch-up

July 24, 2006

Well, the team picked for the government’s one-day history teaching summit is out, and one can only applaud their subtlety. Earlier hopes/fears that the group would be a hardcore stack have not prevailed – no Windschuttle, no Bolt, no Akerman. But nor is it a full and balanced representation of the views of Australian history […]

Terrorism by another name

July 24, 2006

It’s tough being a newspaper editor – though, not, I concede as tough as being a Lebanese civilian. There you are, all ready to roll tens of thousands of words about the fiftieth anniversary of Suez, and you’re gazumped by not so much a new war, as a cover version of the old one. Cue […]

Pro-war Left not as gutsy as they claim

July 17, 2006

Times are tough for the pro-Iraq war left, with supporters of the debacle, from Francis Fukuyama to The New Republic, now denouncing the thing as a disaster, a crime and a lie. So no wonder the remaining stalwarts get a little trigger-happy. Take Pamela Bone, former Age columnist/editor. In the most recent edition of Arena […]

Julie Bishop fluffs her soundbite

July 13, 2006

Remember Vasco da Gama? If you’re under 45 that name should bring back painful memories of endless hours of school history, spent tracing the voyages of effing discovery, the spice routes and so on. Why was it deemed necessary for us to know who rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and where nutmeg comes from? […]

History wars not what they’re cracked up to be

July 11, 2006

A year or so ago I was pretty worried that the Howard Government was using its fourth term to effect an enormous right-wing cultural revolution across the country. But I’ve calmed down now, as it’s clear – witness Jonestown, Brendan Donkey-Boy Nelson, etc – that they don’t have a clue how to go about it. […]

An edgy day for commuters on the crumbling tube

July 7, 2006

Well, by the time you read this we’ll know whether the first anniversary of 7/7 has been marked by the terrorists as well as by the British public. It would be wrong to say that the place is jumpy, but nor is it completely relaxed and comfortable, especially on the Tube, especially in the central […]

The long arm of US corporate law

June 30, 2006

David Hicks, extraordinary rendition, enemy combatants… for years civil liberties campaigners have been trying to get a larger section of the public to care about the post 9/11 erosion of civil liberties. Now, in one swift move, the US and UK governments may have done it for them. On Tuesday, the British High Court rejected […]

British Labour reels at Laura Norder’s infidelity

June 23, 2006

There’s a type of movie – In the Bedroom is a good example – where most of the impact comes from a sudden shift in genre. You think it’s a folksy drama then suddenly, bam, it’s a tragedy. To be a Labour supporter in London at the moment is to feel like you’re in this […]

Blair goes nuclear, British politics gets weird

May 18, 2006

Tony Blair has stolen the running on his own government’s energy review with his announcement, in a speech to a British business group, that he would be pushing for a new generation of nuclear power stations, intended to come on stream by 2017. It looks like one policy push amongst many, but in fact it’s […]