Five of the Best

The top five comment pieces from today's papers

The Guardian's Jackie Ashley urges Labour to focus on the right-wing nature of many of the 'New Tories' rather than on the false division between "Labour investment" and "Tory cuts".

Donald Macintyre
explores whether Iranian hostility to Britain, the "little Satan", is designed to keep open the possibility of US negotiations.

The Times's Libby Purves calls for a scientific, research-based approach to public order policing, to avoid the "awful irrationality" of some G20 officers.

The FT's Clive Crook fears that Obama's climate change and healthcare bills suggest he is a weak, hesistant president.

Peter Preston
argues that it is absurd to use the prime minister's salary as a benchmark for other public servants.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.