Things that look like Eric Pickles

Yes, it’s a giant thumb.


Those of you who subscribe to the New Statesman (and why wouldn't you?) will be familiar with the weekly political lookalike*. Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, is our current obsession. And if you want to know what led us to drawing on our thumbs, read Kevin Maguire's latest column.

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(* There's some more highbrow stuff in the magazine too. Honest.)

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Telegraph fires environmental journalist Geoffrey Lean

Some have suggested the move is due to the newspapers' scepticism about man-made climate change. 

Geoffrey Lean, the respected enviromental commentator and reporter, has been "pushed out" of the Telegraph, according to the writer. Lean, who pioneered the role of environmental correspondent almost forty years, joined the Telegraph in 2009 after 16 years at the Independent. "Telegraph is pushing me out," Lean tweeted a few days ago. The Telegraph's International Business Editor, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, tweeted "Departure of climate veteran @GeoffreyLean v sad for Telegraph colleagues. Conservative newspaper has lost a tireless voice for conservation". 

The loss of the respected Lean, some believe, is due to his longstanding support for the idea that climate change is manmade. 

I'm a mole, innit.