Burnham plays the class card against the Milibands

Labour leadership candidate delivers a few low blows.

The start of a new month also brings the start of the Labour leadership "ceasefire". The candidates have all wisely agreed to take August off before the last leg of the race in September. But Andy Burnham couldn't resist a few low blows before he heads to the beach.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he says: "I come from a different background. My first job was not in politics. I didn't have well-connected parents." A none-too-subtle dig at the Miliband brothers.

It's a pity that Burnham can't resist playing the class card. At yesterday's Manchester hustings (handily streamed online for Londoners like me) he mounted a passionate and highly effective attack on the Tories' National Health Service reforms and, as ever, impressed on the subject of social care. He should stick to policy.

It's also slighty shabby of him to suggest that the Milibands wouldn't be where they are if it wasn't for their late and distinguished father. The truth remains that the candidates will all serve the party best if they emphasise where they're going, rather than where they're from.

George Eaton is political 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.