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Wallace no more: Ed Miliband seems to have a plasticine “cameo” in the new Shaun the Sheep film

Aardman’s revenge.

A hundred years from now, what will we remember of Ed Miliband’s tenure as Labour leader? The accusations of fratricide that dogged his ascent to the top?
The wild popularity of predistribution? That time he ate a bacon sandwich?

No. Chances are, it will be the frequent and not always favourable comparisons that have been made between his face and that of a British cultural icon: Wallace, from Wallace and Gromit. Even this mole’s own esteemed publication has not been immune to this:

Wallace’s heart has always been in the right place (and he certainly is a skilled inventor – he built a rocket that went to the moon and back, after all) but he does frequently need to be rescued from scrapes by Gromit – an element of the comparison that various political opponents have gone out of their way to tease out.

But now, Wallace creators Aardman have gone one better. They appear to have actually given Ed Miliband a plasticine cameo in their new film about beloved W&G spin off character Shaun the sheep. Here he is:

It’s a shockingly good likeness. Shaun himself rather captures our reaction when we first saw it:

Here he is again, just in case you weren’t sure the first time:

Judging by the trailer, “Ed” is a waiter in a restaurant that the cunningly-disguised sheep frequent while on a trip to the big city. He’s obviously going to steal the limelight, to Shaun’s despair:

David Cameron, who has long enjoyed throwing the Wallace comparison in Ed’s face, is clearly going to be delighted. In fact, he probably did a happy dance just like this pig when he first heard about it, this mole imagines:

Aren’t election campaigns fun?

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It's Gary Lineker 1, the Sun 0

The football hero has found himself at the heart of a Twitter storm over the refugee children debate.

The Mole wonders what sort of topsy-turvy universe we now live in where Gary Lineker is suddenly being called a “political activist” by a Conservative MP? Our favourite big-eared football pundit has found himself in a war of words with the Sun newspaper after wading into the controversy over the age of the refugee children granted entry into Britain from Calais.

Pictures published earlier this week in the right-wing press prompted speculation over the migrants' “true age”, and a Tory MP even went as far as suggesting that these children should have their age verified by dental X-rays. All of which leaves your poor Mole with a deeply furrowed brow. But luckily the British Dental Association was on hand to condemn the idea as unethical, inaccurate and inappropriate. Phew. Thank God for dentists.

Back to old Big Ears, sorry, Saint Gary, who on Wednesday tweeted his outrage over the Murdoch-owned newspaper’s scaremongering coverage of the story. He smacked down the ex-English Defence League leader, Tommy Robinson, in a single tweet, calling him a “racist idiot”, and went on to defend his right to express his opinions freely on his feed.

The Sun hit back in traditional form, calling for Lineker to be ousted from his job as host of the BBC’s Match of the Day. The headline they chose? “Out on his ears”, of course, referring to the sporting hero’s most notable assets. In the article, the tabloid lays into Lineker, branding him a “leftie luvvie” and “jug-eared”. The article attacked him for describing those querying the age of the young migrants as “hideously racist” and suggested he had breached BBC guidelines on impartiality.

All of which has prompted calls for a boycott of the Sun and an outpouring of support for Lineker on Twitter. His fellow football hero Stan Collymore waded in, tweeting that he was on “Team Lineker”. Leading the charge against the Murdoch-owned title was the close ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Channel 4 News economics editor, Paul Mason, who tweeted:

Lineker, who is not accustomed to finding himself at the centre of such highly politicised arguments on social media, responded with typical good humour, saying he had received a bit of a “spanking”.

All of which leaves the Mole with renewed respect for Lineker and an uncharacteristic desire to watch this weekend’s Match of the Day to see if any trace of his new activist persona might surface.


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