Jacinda Ardern as the pandemic swept in (Photo: Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

Politics in 2020: How to describe the year in one sentence?

Last year, there was a lot of swearing deployed to sum up the year. And then came 2020. As it reaches its close, how to describe the world this year in one sentence?

Read more from our political year in review here.

Is there anything we can do to help? 

Alex Braae

2020 is … A hot steaming dish of anxiety producing dystopian tribalism seasoned with sprinklings of gratitude that we live here and not there. Phew.

Linda Clark


Bronwyn Hayward

Maybe it would have been better if the world had ended in 2012 after all.

Liam Hehir

The world is a vampire sent to drain.

Andrew Geddis

Remember when we thought Brexit was bad?

Lara Greaves

Capitalism needs us more than we need it.

Leonie Hayden

Sick, suffering, senseless.

Stephen Jacobi


Annabelle Lee-Mather

“All I can say is that on this earth there are plagues and there are victims – and as far as possible one must refuse to be on the side of the plague.” Camus, The Plague

Danyl Mclauchlan

Everyone learned to use Zoom.

Laura O’Connell Rapira

An unprecedented pivot to a new normal (with kindness) *eyeroll*

Trish Sherson

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