The most passive aggressive machine you'll see today

Meet the lego device that has to have the last word.

Jason Allemann, who has previously treated the internet to such lego-related delights as his Steampunk Walking Ship and the Rolling Ball Clock, is back with a new bit of mechanical wizardry.

This time, it's a sinister-looking black box with a red switch protruding from it. It looks very innocent, until you try and turn the switch off. Take a look:

As Jason has explained on YouTube, the machine has got six different responses for turning the switch off, as well as two evasive manoeuvres to prevent it being turned on in the first place. Cunning, eh? If you want to try your hand at beating it, he's even posted the instructions on how to make your own machine on his website.

Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.