The BBC party: everything is wrong

Election 2010: Guffwatch!

Right, let's have a word more on this BBC party. Everything is wrong with it. Joan Collins, for a start. Toby Young, for a second start. And that's not even mentioning Andrew Neil or the bewildering impressions of Alistair McGowan, which left everyone tittering with nervous bonhomie.

But more than anything I feel like I've gone back in time. It's like when David Dimbleby talks about "the Twitter" with a look on his face that just says: "Oh God, we've got a whole stinking night of this."

But back to the real world. Peter Hennessy is winning it for me so far. I like the way he swings back in time and leaves everyone flailing, trying to patter out historical facts. Don't mess with the Hennessy! That's what I'm taking away from this jamboree so far.

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.