July 2013: most read on newstatesman.com

What you've been reading in the last month.

In July, 1,713,261 of you viewed 3,679,882 pages over the course of the month - another record month for the NS website.

Among the most popular pieces were:

1. I was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Laurie Penny

2. There's no sexism in gaming by Cara Ellison

3. Why I willingly handed over my credit card and PIN to a fraudster by Andy Welch 

4. After the Jane Austen announcement I suffered rape threats for 48 hours, but I'm still confident the trolls won't win by Caroline Criado-Perez

5. Five things Iain Duncan Smith doesn't want you to know about the benefit cap by George Eaton

 

Caroline Crampton is head of podcasts at the New Statesman.

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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.