Pedestrians cross a street in front of bars and restaurants in Hong Kong's Wanchai district,where Rurik Jutting lived. Image: Philippe Lopze/Getty.
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Mail Online finds woman to blame for Hong Kong murders

That joke isn't funny any more.

Hong Kong police have arrested banker Rurik Jutting for the murder of two sex workers, whose bodies were found in his apartment. Below is a screenshot of a story on Mail Online, posted this lunchtime.

Your mole has been trying for some time to come up with a witty, intelligent and thought-provoking insight to accompany it. But we're so incoherent with rage that, try as we might, we can't come up with anything better than, "Oh, for fuck's sake".

Yes, because when a man has been charged with the horrific murder of two women, it must be because of the loose sexual morals of someone who broke up with him two years ago. God forbid that anyone should be allowed to think for a moment that a women was not somehow to blame for this crime. 

Four different reporters are credited with this article. Four of them; all men. Their mothers must be very proud of them today. 

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Tim Farron is being unfairly maligned for inviting us to smell his spaniel

The truth behind “smell my spaniel”.

Out on the campaign trail in Cambridge, the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was caught inexplicably inviting voters to “smell my spaniel”.

Here is the shock footage:

“Smell my spaniel, maybe, maybe… oh, how are you? Good to see you!” he said, while the top political journalists of the nation scratched their heads. “A new Lib Dem slogan?” asked the BBC. The “catchphrase of the general election” declared the Telegraph. A new, surprisingly progressive “theological pronouncement”, was this mole’s first thought.

And he has, of course, been ridiculed online:

But no.

Look closer.

What’s going on is clear. Farron is not inviting voters to sniff his spaniel at all; he is addressing a dog. One of the activists in the huddle he is speaking to is holding a little dog wearing a Liberal Democrat rosette:

And here is said dog with Farron:

Farron is clearly being sniffed by the dog, because he is carrying the smell of his own dog, Jasper the spaniel.

Was Farron actually commenting that the little Lib Dem pooch was sniffing its party leader because he smelt like another dog? In these uncertain times of fake news and eroding trust, let’s get our spaniel sniffing story straight.

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