Is the Brown "bullying" story a big story? Should it be?

An observation.

On the one hand, Andrew Rawnsley and his supporters have claimed that "Bullygate" is a big story, a huge scoop, an exclusive -- something that had to be investigated, exposed and reported.

On the other hand, Rawnsley and his supporters have said that "everyone knows it's true", and they've checked with their own sources (who all say it's "true"). So, if everyone knows it already, why is it a big story then? (And why didn't his supporters write the story themselves on the basis of their own "sources"?)

Isn't this just a case of recycling and repackaging old, gossipy stories about Gordon Brown for an anti-Brown, 24-7 press pack that has a short memory and a partisan agenda? Or am I wrong? Is this the biggest scoop since Watergate?

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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Word of the week: Michellania

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.


"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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