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And this is actually quite topical/important

Never let it be said that this blog does not charge headlong into the domains of current affairs/global politics/climate change. This article from Xinhua has ALL THREE, but it also has a marvellous headline:

Quoteable Quotes from Chinese President's Tour in US

"Quoteable quotes". As opposed to unquotable quotes. Or quotable unquotes. Or unquotable unquotes. But somehow seeing a whole list of quotable quotes together rather reduces their impact. These are my favourites:

"Climate change is an environment issue, but also, and more importantly, a development issue."

"Bilateral relations are facing major opportunities for development at higher levels and in greater space."

"Overcoming differences in each other's stances is a diplomacy of fraternity."

I mean, once you've read those a few times they really start to lose some of their impact. But still, these are the quotable quotes, so quote them we will. I'd like to imagine some unquotable quotes, though:

"Oh, I hate UN meetings -- they go on for ages and nothing actually happens."

"We're in New York, for Lord's sake, can't we go out and have a pizza?"

"Yo. Anyone know what the dude from Peru is saying? I think the translator's gone off for his lunch break."

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Appreciate the full horror of Nigel Farage's pro-Trump speech

The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

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Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland