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A worker holds the new Apple iPad during an Apple Special Event at Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts on 27 January 2010 in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, introduced the company's latest creation, the iPad, a mobile tablet browsing device that is a cross between the iPhone and a MacBook laptop.



An event guest plays with the new Apple iPad during the Apple Special Event in San Francisco. There has been huge advance interest in the new mobile tablet browsing device.



A guest plays with the new keyboard on the Apple iPad.


A guest tests the iPad for size at the event in San Francisco. There has been intense speculation in the media and in industry about whether the iPad will kill off the electronic notebook and transform the mobile market.


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John McDonnell's Mao zinger spectacularly backfires

The shadow chancellor quoted from Mao's Little Red Book in his response to George Osborne's autumn statement.

John McDonnell's response to George Osborne's autumn spending review has quoted from a surprising source: Mao's Little Red Book.

The Little Red Book is the name commonly given to Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, a book that collected together the - you guessed it - quotations of the former Chairman of the Communist Party of China. It was widely distributed after the cultural revolution during the personality cult of Mao, alongside Lenin's The Three Sources and Three Components of Marxism and Engel's Socialism: Utopian and Scientific. 

In response, George Osborne opened the copy of the book and said "it's his [McDonnell's] personal signed copy".

Aside from chapters on labour, women and the army, the book also collects quotations on topics like "Imperialism and All Reactionaries Are Paper Tigers". Mao's legacy as a political theorist is somewhat contested given the approximately 18 to 45 million people who died during China's "Great Leap Forward", a process of rapid industrialisation instigated by the Communist Party in the late 1950s. The death toll from Mao's cultural cleansing program is hotly debated, but sources generally agree over half a million people died as a direct result.

There has been some suggestion that in terms of "not offering obvious spin opportunities to your opponents", the decision to quote Mao may not have been McDonnell's finest.

I'm a mole, innit.