Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, on tax avoidance, George Galloway and the battle for equal pay.

1. Mail and Telegraph pull anti-tax-dodging ads

Left Foot Forward's Shamik Das reports that the Mail and the Telegraph have pulled 38 Degrees's anti-tax-dodging ads even though both papers had agreed prices with the group.

2. Right-wing wonks claim the battle for equal pay for women has been won

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Rowan Davies debunks the claim by the Centre for Policy Studies that the battle for equal opportunities has been won.

3. Could "Gorgeous" George Galloway kick the Lib Dems out of Glasgow?

Political Scrapbook suggests that Galloway could pick up support from disaffected Lib Dems in this year's Scottish Parliament election.

4. Migration and wages: more evidence

Stumbling and Mumbling's Chris Dillow shows that immigration has a positive effect on local wages and asks what this means for the proposed migration cap.

5. No enemies to the left?

Luke Akehurst attacks the Labour Representation Committee for selecting a host of non-Labour, far-left speakers for its conference.

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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.