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The five must-reads posts from today, on the unions, Ed Balls and Oona King’s mayoral campaign.

1. How unions could play deciding role in Labour leadership

The Guardian's Patrick Wintour looks at which Labour leadership candidate is likely to win the most support from the trade unions.

2. The case against Ed Balls

Tom Bage of Labour Uncut responds to Kerry McCarthy's Staggers post, arguing that Balls is perceived as being more directly implicated in the bitter battles of the Brown-Blair era than the other candidates.

3. An electoral problem

As new data shows how many young Lib Dems failed to vote, Mark Pack explores ways for the party to improve this state of affairs.

4. Oona King unveils strong support against Ken

With two days left until nominations for Labour's London mayoral candidate close, Oona King has revealed that she is backed by 11 MPs across the capital. Sunny Hundal has the details.

5. Ireland: United it stands?

Jon Snow wonders whether the burgeoning nationalist middle class in Northern Ireland would actually vote to unite with the south.

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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.