The leech that saved the day!

Who says invertebrates can't be heroic?

Not me! I say invertebrates CAN be brave, as this story shows (sent in by my Greek correspondent -- thank you to The Greek).

I mean, this leech is a hero! Little did it know in its little leechy life that it would actually solve a crime, put a criminal away, rescue a poor old man, help the police, and generally be held up as the saviour of criminal justice.

I'm getting carried away, but I'm a sucker for animal heroics. I think it's the unwitting nature of it -- they have no idea what they're doing, but quietly, modestly, they're just carrying out daily acts of astonishing bravery and brilliance.

Here's to the unsung leeches of the world.


Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

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