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The five must-read posts from today, on Obama, election day and Cadbury

1. Unhappy anniversary, Obama

The FT's Gideon Rachman says that the problem with Barack Obama's first year in office is that his biggest domestic achievement is a negative one -- stopping the recession from turning into a depression.

2. Scott Brown's acceptance speech: five best lines

On a slightly lighter note, Hattie Garlick at Comment Central picks the highlights from the new senator's acceptance speech.

3. Market mayhem on day after polling day?

Benedict Brogan looks at how a late election result could upset the financial markets.

4. Cadbury's and Kraft: what the left needs to consider now

Darrell Goodliffe at Liberal Conspiracy blogs about how we can empower those directly affected by changes of ownership.

5. Sir David Omand on THAT "45 minutes" claim

Omand appears today before the Chilcot inquiry. Paul Waugh draws attention to what he has already said on the record about the WMD claim.


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A man who accused a gay donkey of trying to rape his horse runs for Ukip leader

Another high-quality candidate.

John Rees-Evans, the Ukip candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth in the 2015 general election, is the latest to enter the Ukip leadership contest. And just as your mole thought bigotbait factory Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam was the fruitiest character in the running.

Rees-Evans, a Wales-based Ukipper who used to be in the army, is best-known for a bizarre story he told protesters outside his office in 2014. In which he accused a gay donkey of trying to rape his horse.

Having been asked to respond to a comment by a fellow party member – Julia Gasper – claiming “some homosexuals prefer sex with animals”, Rees-Evans replied:

“Actually, I’ve witnessed that. Yes! I was personally quite amazed. I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field. My horse is a stallion, right. And a donkey came up, which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse . . .

“So in this case, it’s obviously correct because the homosexual donkey tried to with an animal. But I don’t think that’s what it meant, it’s just a bizarre coincidence.”

Since making his bid for Ukip’s leadership, Rees-Evans has had to take back his controversial claim about the gay donkey on the BBC’s Daily Politics.

He said:

“It was a bit of playful banter with a mischievous activist, OK? . . . I concede it was a mistake to be playful with an activist in the street. The point is I’m not a politician. The guy was just asking me questions in the street. It was an error of judgement. I was very early coming into politics and I’m sorry if I offended anyone by doing that but please can we move on?”


Rees-Evans also made headlines by telling VICE that he persuaded IKEA staff to let him take a gun into a branch of IKEA in Bulgaria last year to protect him in the event of a terrorist siege.

Your mole thinks Nigel Farage is beginning to look like Abraham Lincoln.

I'm a mole, innit.