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Look at Ed Miliband’s face while listening to Nigel Farage in the TV election debate

Talk to the hand.

Labour leader Ed Miliband’s decision to participate in the so-called “challengers’ debate” never made much sense to this mole. Why would he voluntarily take part in an event where you’re the only possible prime minister on the stage, setting yourself up for attacks from minor, insurgent parties on every side?

But the reason for this is now abundantly clear. Ed obviously had a variety of sassy reaction faces he felt he needed to get on TV, and what better forum than a slightly unhinged debate where Nigel Farage was going to bellow about immigration every thirty seconds?

I mean, look at him:

Every time Nigel speaks, he's like:


And to end, the death stare:

Take that, Farage.

I'm a mole, innit.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

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