Can churnalism be so bad when it looks so cute?

Bandai hires cat as security guard; we fall for their ruse hook, line and sinker.

Apparently the toy company Bandai has hired "the worlds first feline security guard". The cat, "first spotted around the factory. . . was hired immediately for her sentry qualities" and will be "paid in cat food and fish", according to Mischief PR. 

"With deliveries coming in thick and fast ahead of the stock being shipped to retailers across the country, the toy company felt the need to step up security," they say.

Blah blah blah... Pictures of a cat dressed up as a security guard?! Sold:

Selling out journalistic credentials has never been this adorable. Photo: Mischief PR

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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Nigel Farage: welcoming refugees will lead to "migrant tide" of jihadists

Ukip's leader Nigel Farage claims that housing refugees will allow Isis to smuggle in "jihadists".

Nigel Farage has warned that granting sanctuary to refugees could result in Britain being influenced by Isis. 

In remarks that were immediately condemned online, the Ukip leader said "When ISIS say they will flood the migrant tide with 500,000 of their own jihadists, we'd better listen", before saying that Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had done something "very dangerous" in attempting to host refugees, saying that she was "compounding the pull factors" that lead migrants to attempt the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.

Farage, who has four children, said that as a father, he was "horrified" by the photographs of small children drowned on a European beach, but said housing more refugees would simply make the problem worse. 

The Ukip leader, who failed for the fifth successive occassion to be elected as an MP in May, said he welcomed the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn victory, describing it as a "good result". Corbyn is more sceptical about the European Union than his rivals for the Labour leadership, which Farage believes will provide the nascent Out campaign with a boost. 

 

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