Farage v Bercow

What a shame they can't both lose

Ukip's Nigel Farage has announced that he will break with parliamentary convention to challenge the new Speaker, John Bercow, in his Buckingham constituency at the next election, because, he says:

. . . MPs "have broken the trust" of the British people and Mr Bercow "represents the worst" of the Commons.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

The contest will put Farage -- he of "£2m MEP expenses" fame -- against Bercow -- he of "£760 window-seat cushions" fame.

I pity the poor people of Buckingham and I can't help but be reminded of Henry Kissinger's dictum on the Iran-Iraq war: "What a shame they can't both lose."

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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Telegraph fires environmental journalist Geoffrey Lean

Some have suggested the move is due to the newspapers' scepticism about man-made climate change. 

Geoffrey Lean, the respected enviromental commentator and reporter, has been "pushed out" of the Telegraph, according to the writer. Lean, who pioneered the role of environmental correspondent almost forty years, joined the Telegraph in 2009 after 16 years at the Independent. "Telegraph is pushing me out," Lean tweeted a few days ago. The Telegraph's International Business Editor, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, tweeted "Departure of climate veteran @GeoffreyLean v sad for Telegraph colleagues. Conservative newspaper has lost a tireless voice for conservation". 

The loss of the respected Lean, some believe, is due to his longstanding support for the idea that climate change is manmade. 

I'm a mole, innit.