Peter Oborne vs"that idiot in Brussels"

Watch last night's Newsnight EU row in full.

A vociferous Peter Oborne ensured that last night's Newsnight was a particularly memorable edition. EU Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj-Tardio walked out of the discussion after Oborne repeatedly referred to him as "that idiot in Brussels". Jeremy Paxman, who has been known to sling the odd insult himself, chided the Telegraph columnist for his gratuitous rudeness.

Oborne's view of the euro as an unmitigated disaster is now rarely challenged in the British press (former FT editor and europhile Richard Lambert was trampled by Oborne) . But in last week's New Statesman, Oliver Kamm offered a spirited defence of the single currency, insisting that "the crisis of the euro is severe but there is no reason that it should be terminal."

He added: "Monetary union is not the cause of the crisis. Done properly, it may help insulate member states from disruptive volatility in the international capital markets." You can read his sage analysis in full here.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.