Finsbury III

Evan Cotton was the Liberal MP for Finsbury East for only five months in 1918. He won a by-election caused by the death of Joseph Allen Baker in July that year, opposed by two candidates calling for boycotts of German goods after the war, whose supporters clashed during the contest. The Spectator reported: “Most of the voters fortunately kept their heads.”

After the First World War, Martin Archer-Shee defeated Cotton in the re-merged Finsbury seat. Archer-Shee had been the Tory MP for Finsbury Central since 1910. Cotton had been a member of the Calcutta corporation and a Progressive on the London county council (also for Finsbury East), writing histories of the capital of Bengal and the East India Company.

After his defeat, he returned to India and served on the Bengal legislative council.

This article first appeared in the 15 July 2013 issue of the New Statesman, The New Machiavelli

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.