January 09, 2004


Is leftist comedy writer Guy Rundle an effortlessly funny man? Read his latest column and decide. Or read his previous effortless jokery:

It is clear the Iraq war will not be a walkover for the United States-led coalition ... With no sign that the regime will collapse it seems that, one way or another, slaughter is coming.

Ha ha ha! And then there was his hilarious desire for mass Syrian and Iranian death, all in the service of merry anti-Americanism:

It is not impossible that substantial sections of Iran and Syria - with or without their governments - will join the fight. Bloody as such a result may be, it may be for the best in the long run, because it is the only result that would set limits to future adventures.

“Future adventures” being Rundle’s term for “getting rid of fascist dictators”. Funny; used to be that the left wanted that.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 9, 2004 11:48 PM

"Funny; used to be that the left wanted that."

Well, sometimes, sometimes not. Hitler was fine as long as he played along with Uncle Joe. When he stabbed poor Joe in the back, he was fine no more...

Regards, Döbeln

-Stabil som fan!

Posted by: Döbeln at January 10, 2004 at 12:21 AM

Two things strike me: 1 How OLD and MISERABLE these people are, so patently past their use-by date! I mean old mentally - physically is irrelevant.

2)They say Arena has a print-run of 2,500 and in read by 15,000. How do they know? All experience of publishing I know is that a magazine copy is read on an average by 3 people. if you're lucky. Assuming all Arena's print-run is sold - a very dubious assumption indeed, that would mean it is read by 7,500 people - exactly half of what is claimed. did the reporter who wrote this story make any effort to check the claimed figures?

Posted by: sue at January 10, 2004 at 02:16 AM

Yeah, but remember there's only an 'S' between slaughter and laughter!

I'll get me coat.

Posted by: David Gillies at January 10, 2004 at 03:13 AM

David ... perfect Fast Show reference!

Posted by: tim at January 10, 2004 at 03:31 AM

Actually, I find this pretty damn amusing, but probably not for the reason Rundle thinks I should. After reading this, I can presume, can I not, that he would never encourage illegal refugees to attemt to get themselves and their children smuggled on leaky, seriously dangerous boats into Australia. He would make fun of anyone who wished to reward such persons by twisting the laws so as to reward their idiotic behavior. I can presume this, can't I? Anyone? Anyone? . . . Bueller?

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at January 10, 2004 at 06:02 AM

Wait just a minute, here. After going back, I find the first piece (about Arena), much, much funnier than the baby/jaguar piece. Wow!! Where does the man come up with such hilarity? I nearly peed my pants I was laughing so much.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at January 10, 2004 at 06:05 AM

What is 'funny' with Guy Rundle is 'socialism' versus 'gobalisation'.

In the good old days socialism was supposed to be global - "workers of ALL lands, unite!"

Posted by: May Lee at January 10, 2004 at 09:09 PM