Pick of the Week

A selection of posts made this week on newstatesman.com

Mehdi Hasan explains what Ed Miliband should and shouldn't learn from Tony Blair, and says the latest Human Rights Watch report on Bahrain makes for depressing reading.

Rafael Behr says that Lansley's bill has killed debate about the future of NHS, and looks at how rising coalition tensions are squeezing Labour out of the debate.

Helen Lewis asks if the Met betrayed rape victims to avoid bad PR.

George Eaton explains how Miliband should handle Len McCluskey, and looks at the highest income tax rates in the world.

Samira Shackle looks at how the Sun reported James Murdoch's resignation, and reports that No 10 is "underwhelmed" by Boris's campaign.

Rowenna Davis puts the progressive case against House of Lords reform.

David Allen Green asks if the News of the World sought to undermine a murder investigation, and marks the explosive return of the Leveson inquiry.

Steven Baxter argues that we should be less pedantic, and reviews a "muted debut" by the Sun on Sunday.

Nelson Jones says the line between abortion and infanticide is less clear-cut than it was, and asks who "owns" marriage?

John Stoehr says Romney's latest victories mean the narrative will also return to inevitability.

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Watch: The evidence Nigel Farage said money sent to the EU should go to the NHS

After the EU referendum result, Nigel Farage said it was a "mistake" for Leave to suggest funds could go to the NHS. But what's this?

Remember Friday? (I know: it's not necessarily a pleasant thing to do, but bear with me.) On Friday, hours after the result of the EU referendum was announced, Nigel Farage appeared on Good Morning Britain and said that the Leave campaign advertising which linked the extra "£350m a week" Brexit would allegedly gift us with the NHS was a "mistake".

Sure, it was on posters, and emblazoned on a bus, and he didn't speak up to disabuse anyone of the notion. But let's give Farage the benefit of the doubt and pretend he does sorely regret the fact that, through no fault of his own, members of the electorate may have been led to believe that that money would be put into healthcare. It must be tough, when you ought to be high on your victory, to have to answer for other people's mistakes

Ah. Hold that thought.

It looks like the Independent has unearthed a video of Nigel Farage on television before the vote, and  strange thing  he tells Hilary Benn that the money currently being sent to Europe should be spent on, er, "schools, hospitals and the NHS".

Well, this mole isn't sure what to say. Maybe Farage doesn't remember this specific moment? Maybe when he said "schools, hospitals and the NHS" he actually meant something different, like "negotiating our exit from the EU", or "paying to access the common market despite no longer being a member"? Or maybe when he said that money should be spent on these things, he didn't mean it necessarily would be, and it would have been entirely unreasonable for the voting public to make such an absurd leap?

All I can suggest is that you watch and decide for yourself, dear reader.

I'm a mole, innit.