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Why do people hate Laura Kuenssberg so much?

A petition calling for the BBC's political editor to be sacked for anti-Corbyn bias has been taken down. But was her biggest flaw... being a woman?

Remember when the left used to believe in employment rights? Now, not so much. A petition went up on 38 Degrees earlier this week calling for BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg to be sacked. Her crime? An apparent Conservative bias.

What makes Kuenssberg’s reporting biased against Labour in a way that her colleagues’ isn’t? Presumably not this report setting out how long it took the government to u-turn over child refugees. Nor when she explained the internal disagreements between Theresa May and David Cameron’s approaches to the EU referendum. And the hard left surely aren’t referring to when, unlike most political journalists, she reported in depth John Whittingdale’s relationship with a sex worker and its implications for press regulation. 

Maybe there’s an alternative explanation for some of her more extreme detractors’ intense and personal hostility towards Kuenssberg, one more than hinted at by the petition’s removal from the 38 Degrees website this afternoon – that unlike all her predecessors in the job at the BBC, Kuenssberg is a woman. David Babbs of 38 Degrees said the petition had become a magnet for misogynist abuse, while the Independent's Jane Merrick noted that Kuenssberg had faced all the same criticisms as Nick Robinson, with an extra helping of sexism.

Where's the newer, kinder politics when you need it?

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Casting the Brexit movie that is definitely real and will totally happen

Details are yet unclear as to whether The Bad Boys of Brexit will be gracing our screens, or just Farage's vivid imagination.

Hollywood is planning to take on the farcical antics of Nigel Farage et al during the UK referendum, according to rumours (some suspect planted by a starstruck Brexiteer). 

Details are yet unclear as to whether The Bad Boys of Brexit will be gracing our big or small screens, a DVD, or just Farage's vivid imagination, but either way here are our picks for casting the Hollywood adaptation.

Nigel Farage: Jim Carrey

The 2018 return of Alan Partridge as "the voice of hard Brexit" makes Steve Coogan the obvious choice. Yet Carrey's portrayal of the laughable yet pure evil Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events makes him a serious contender for this role. 

Boris Johnson: Gerard Depardieu

Stick a blonde wig on him and the French acting royalty is almost the spitting image of our own European aristocrat. He has also evidently already mastered the look of pure shock necessary for the final scene of the movie - in which the Leave campaign is victorious.

Arron Banks: Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais not only resembles Ukip donor Arron Banks, but has a signature shifty face perfect for the scene where the other Brexiteers ask him what is the actual plan. 

Gerry Gunster: Anthony Lapaglia

The Bad Boys of Brexit will reportedly be told from the perspective of the US strategist turned Brexit referendum expert Gerry Gunster. Thanks to recurring roles in both the comedy stalwart Frasier, and the US crime drama Without a Trace, Anthony Lapaglia is versatile enough to do funny as well as serious, a perfect mix for a story that lurches from tragedy to farce. Also, they have the same cunning eyes.

Douglas Carswell: Mark Gatiss

The resemblance is uncanny.

David Cameron: Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is widely known for his portrayal of Moriarty in Sherlock, where he indulges in elaborate, but nationally destructive strategy games. The actor also excels in a look of misplaced confidence that David Cameron wore all the way up to the referendum. Not to mention, his forehead is just as shiny. He'll have to drink a lot of Bollinger to gain that Cameron-esque puppy fat though. 

Kate Hoey: Judi Dench

Although this casting would ruin the image of the much beloved national treasure that is Judi Dench, if anyone can pull off being the face of Labour Leave, the incredible actress can.