Fancy lunch with Julian Assange?

It will set you back £4,000.

A libertarian himself, Julian Assange appears to have taken Milton Friedman's adage that "there is no such thing as a free lunch" to heart. WikiLeaks is currently auctioning off lunch with its founder and Slavoj Žižek on eBay to raise funds for the organisation. With four days remaining, bidding for the eight places at "one of London's finest restaurants" ranges from £1,800 to £4,100.


Following the lunch, Assange, who appeared at a New Statesman debate earlier this year on whistleblowing, will discuss the impact of WikiLeaks with Žižek at a Frontline Club event at The Troxy in East London.

Žižek, a frequent contributor to the NS, has described Assange as "a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight".

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Nigel Farage's exclusive Brexit plan has just been revealed and it's very telling

The panic is over.

If, a week on from Brexit, you're staring at the bottom of your gin bottle and wondering whether you'll ever afford to go on holiday again, then stop worrying. 

There's a plan.

Social media users have been sharing a link to an exclusive reveal of Nigel Farage's plan for the UK departure from the EU. Users are invited to: "View The Brexit Plan that was but together by the Vote Leave campaign, UKIP and Nigel Farage.

Here it is.

Highlighted policy topics include hot potatoes like UK access to the single market, international trade agreements and the rights of EU nationals working in the UK. You just have to click on the red button.



It seems the plan might be permanently out of reach. 

Every time you try to click on the red button with your mouse, you'll discover that it leaps away to another part of the page. So far, we haven't heard of anyone who has managed to catch the elusive button and discover the details of the brilliant plan. 

Other plans that have not been very easy to click on this week include: Boris Johnson's plan to be Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn's plan to lead a unified Labour opposition and David Cameron's plan to win the EU referendum in the first place.

As it turns out, a week after Brexit we are still waiting for a definitive plan. In the meantime, you can read: