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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The NS Podcast #169: Traingate, gaffes and Ghostbusters

The New Statesman podcast.

This week, Helen and Stephen tackle Traingate and Lunaticgate. George Eaton comes down-the-line from the valleys with the latest on the Owen Smith campaign. Anna Leszkiewicz joins to discuss feminism in the new Ghostbusters film. And you-ask-us: what is the role of the John McDonell in the Corbyn ménage? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz) 


Traingate (01.24)
Stephen on Jennifer's Ear

Lunaticgate (05.20)
David Wearing on Smith's slurs and empty promises.

Owen Smith (11.36)
George's interview for this week's magazine

Ghosbusters (18.44)
Ryan Gilbey reviews the film
Listen to the SRSLY take 
Anna on the dark side of the Romcom

John McDonnell (31.17)
Read him in his own words
And watch him in action

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