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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The NS Podcast #222: Queen's Speech Special

The New Statesman podcast.

Helen and Stephen discuss what was left out, watered down and generally squished around in the Queen's Speech - from prison reform to fox hunting - and what kind of stage it sets for the coming parliamentary term. Will Labour's stance on immigration have to change? And what Brexit deal could secure a parliamentary majority? Clue: it's a royal mess.

Quotes of the episode:

Helen on domestic violence: "The big lesson of the last couple of weeks is that the involvement of domestic violence in Terror has finally made (slightly more men) take it slightly more seriously. As actually now it becomes part of an anti-radicalisation process."

Stephen on Conservative strategy: "If you look at the back end of the Conservative government in the 90s: when your parliamentary situation is rocky, the best way of dealing with that is just for parliamentary not to sit all that much. Don't bring the pain."

Helen on Brexit: "There is an interesting complacency about the dominance and attractiveness of the British economy [...] whereas actually our economy has recovered quite badly and our productivity is still quite low. I wouldn't be that smug about the British economy."

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