Colbert knows I'm miserable now

Stephen Colbert interviews Morrissey.

Morrissey is known for a lot of things: making music, draping himself in the Union Jack and making questionably nationalist comments, swinging bouquets of flowers round and round and round, and so on. But he isn't known for having a particularly riotous sense of humour about himself. Or really anything.

Stephen Colbert, meanwhile, is best when he is piercing wholes in pomposity. Usually the great and good of American politics, but anyone will do.

Put them together, and you get one of the better interviews with the former Smiths frontman in a while.

Dance, Morrissey, dance. Photograph: Getty Images

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.