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The five must-read posts from today, on Cameron's diaries, crowdsourcing and Cuba.

1. Two cheers for George Osborne

Next Left's Sunder Katwala praises the Tory shadow chancellor for defying right-wing convention by agreeing that the state should seek to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

2. David Cameron's Diaries: "Head bangers" and "wife beaters"

At LabourList, Gabe Trodd selects highlights from Cameron's old diary for the Guardian, including a tense encounter with David Davis and the "wife-beater" question.

3. Amateur hour: Crowdsourcing the campaign

Over at the BBC, Rory Cellan-Jones considers what the impact of the internet will be on this election. Crowdsourcing is probably just another forum, as we've yet to see the evidence that the amateurs can do as good a job as the professionals.

4. Lawson: Scrap "absurd" Climate Change Act

Nigel Lawson has called for the Climate Change Act to be scrapped in order to allow a third runway at Heathrow, reports Will Straw. That won't go down well with David Cameron.

5. Derek Simpson and Cuba

Paul Waugh questions why the Unite leader is calling for "better relations" with Cuba, given the country's record on trade-union rights.

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How Jeremy Corbyn and an Arsenal player roasted Piers Morgan… in Spanish

Muy burn.

As if politics in the UK wasn’t spicy enough, watch what happens when you do it in Spanish.

It all started when backward ham Piers Morgan complained in a piece for the Mail that Jeremy Corbyn and his wife froze him out of a conversation with the Arsenal player Héctor Bellerín at the GQ Awards:

“Later, fellow Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn came over to speak to him. When I tried to interrupt, the Labour leader – whose wife is Mexican – promptly switched to fluent Spanish to shut me out of the conversation.

‘What did you tell him?’ I asked.

Corbyn smirked. ‘I told him to please send Arsène Wenger my very best and assure him he continues to have my full support, even if he’s lost yours, Piers. In fact, particularly because he’s lost yours…’

A keen-eyed tweeter picked up the passage about speaking Spanish, and the anecdote went viral:


So viral, in fact, that Bellerín himself commented on the story in a tweet saying, “Come on mate, don’t take it personally” to Morgan – punctuated masterfully with a crying laughing emoji.


Then the Labour leader himself joined in the great burning ceremony, replying to the thread in full Spanish:


His response translates as:

“It was nice to meet you. It’s better that we don’t tell him what we were talking about, he wouldn’t understand. Well-played in the game on Sunday.”

And muy buen juego to you too, El Jez.

I'm a mole, innit.