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Ed Miliband, the anti-Murdoch crusader, poses with a special edition of the Sun

The Labour leader posing with the Sun's special World Cup edition isn't the best banner for his battle against Murdoch...

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader often celebrated by his supporters for standing up to the big bad "vested interests" like banks, energy companies and the Murdoch empire, has posed with a picture of the Sun's special edition.

Here he is, awkwardly holding the Murdoch tabloid's World Cup issue, 22m of which are being distributed around the country for free.

Even more awkward than his wooden pose is the fact that he's been a voice of protest against Murdoch for a few years now. "That kind of concentration of power is frankly quite dangerous," he said in 2011, calling for the powerful media empire to be dismantled. "The Murdoch Empire must be broken up," he cried in 2012, criticising the PM for his chumminess with the media baron. But then, "Ooh – a free football edition!" his haunted eyes whispered in 2014.

Also jarring is the fact that he told BuzzFeed a few weeks ago that he doesn't read British newspapers. Perhaps that's why he's holding it as if it's a piece of evidence from a crime scene. He doesn't know how to open it.

I'm a mole, innit.

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We're hiring! Join the New Statesman as an editorial assistant

The NS is looking for a new recruit.

The New Statesman is hiring an editorial assistant, who will work across the website and magazine to help the office run smoothly. The ideal candidate will have excellent language skills, a passion for journalism, and the ability to work quickly and confidently under pressure.

The job is a broad one – you will need to understand the requirements of both halves of the magazine (politics and culture) as well as having an interest in the technical requirements of magazine and website production. Experience with podcasts and social media would be helpful.

The right person will have omnivorous reading habits and the ability to assimilate new topics at speed. You will be expected to help out with administration tasks around the office, so you must be willing to take direction and get involved with unglamorous tasks. There will be opportunities to write, but this will not form the main part of the job. (Our current editorial assistant is now moving on to a writing post.)

This is a full-time paid job, which would suit a recent graduate or someone who is looking for an entry into journalism. On the job training and help with career development will be offered.

Please apply with an email to Stephen Bush (Stephen. Bush @ with the subject line ‘Editorial Assistant application’.  

In your covering letter, please include a 300-word analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the New Statesman. Please also include 500 words on what you consider to be the most interesting trend in British politics, and your CV as a Word document. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12th October.