Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today on the shadow cabinet, tuition fees and the Lib Dems.

1. Shadow cabinet: why strategy triumphed over the necessity

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Seph Brown explains why Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper and Alan Johnson ended up where they did.

2. Tuition fees: Tories ready to go it alone

Benedict Brogan says the Tories are prepared to try and raise tuition fees without the support of the Lib Dems.

3. Why no space in Labour for those with names beyond M?

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson explains why all of the nineteen shadow cabinet winners had surnames in the first half of the alphabet.

4. Ed wants to steal our clothes

At Liberal Democrat Voice, Richard Morris argues that Ed Miliband is attempting to wipe out the Lib Dems by stealing their message.

5. David Cameron: rap head

Finally, Guardian Politics sets David Cameron's rap-like speech to an appropriately urban soundtrack.

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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.