He's the leader Labour needs, but not the one it deserves right now. (Photo: Getty)
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What happened when Dan Jarvis faced down a mugger?

He has certain skills.

Labour MP and shadow justice minister Dan Jarvis faced off a mugger in the street, the Sun reports.  Jarvis told the Sun's new political blog:

This guy came up to me with a bottle and tried to kill me.

“I walked into the Tube and the man, who was clearly very drunk and aggressive, came over and said if I didn’t give him my wallet he would break the bottle over my head.

“I said ‘that’s not going to happen’ and we stood and faced each other off for what seemed like quite a long time.

“I had visions of us rolling around on the platform, but thankfully it didn’t come to that.

“I walked away thinking ‘he’s going to hit me from behind’ but he didn’t and I went and reported it to the police.”

If you haven't already, do read my colleague Xan Rice's excellent profile of Dan Jarvis: MP, frontbencher, former soldier, and crimefighter.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics. 

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Word of the week: Michellania

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.


"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

Articles to read if you're sick of michellania:

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