Winthrop Mackworth Praed paid £1,000 to be elected MP for St Germans (1830-32). He ran in St Ives in 1832 but was defeated by James Halse, and wrote a pamphlet of poems called Trash, dedicated “with no respect” to his opponent. Halse had paid for many houses to be built in the area (still known as Halsetown) which were ready just in time for the contest. Praed’s nephew Sir George Young collected his political poems but omitted Trash as being of “a slight and local character”.

Praed, a Whig-turned-Tory, later sat for Great Yarmouth (1835-37) and Aylesbury (from 1837), and died of consumption in 1839. His poem “The Old Whig” pokes gentle fun at his old affiliation: “Sir Felix Froth we must admit,/A moderate Whig of moderate wit,/He sips his wine, he taps his box/And lauds the memory of Fox.” 

This article first appeared in the 26 August 2013 issue of the New Statesman, How the dream died

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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.