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Watch: Alex Salmond’s New Statesman lecture

The video of Alex Salmond's NS lecture “Scotland’s Future in Scotland’s Hands”, delivered in Westminster on 4 March 2014.

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, gave a New Statesman lecture on 4 March 2014 entitled “Scotland’s Future in Scotland’s Hands”. The full text of the lecture is available to read here.

You can watch highlights from the lecture and the question and answer session which followed here:

Later on in the evening, NS editor Jason Cowley appeared on Newsnight Scotland to discuss the lecture:

You can also listen to the audio of both the lecture and the question and answer session here:

As part of the recent Scotland special of the magazine, Alex Salmond wrote an essay asking “Why should Scotland let itself be ruled by the Tories?”. Other contributors to the issue include Kirsty Wark, Angus Roxburgh, Helena Kennedy, Will Self, John Bew, Jack Vettriano, Andrew Marr, and Craig Ferguson.

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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.