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Issue No. 2265

‘[A] particular form of black culture, the violent, destructive, nihilistic, gangster culture associated with Jamaican gangs and American rap music’

Toby Young scrambles to justify David Starkey’s racist comments on Newsnight


‘Well, obviously I gave him a second chance. I think in life it is right to give someone a second chance’

David Cameron in January on Andy Coulson’s shady behaviour at the News of the World


‘We did behave... criminally. I was at a party and I drifted into a greenhouse with a friend, saw it was full of cacti and lit a match’

Nick Clegg reflects on his own youthful flirtation with arson


‘They got away with a lot more than a few fucking pairs of trainers’

Comedian Russell Brand on the bankers


‘I feel like maybe Hulk-o-mania should run over there and start dropping legs, hitting people with big boots and just stop the action’

Wrestler Hulk Hogan explains how to prevent rioting in Britain. It’s unclear whether Cameron will appoint him as a policy advisor


‘Encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence’

The charge from Essex police against a 20-year old man who used a Blackberry to organise a water fight. He was arrested under the Serious Crime Act


‘If riot info and fear is spreading by Facebook & Twitter, shut them off for an hour or two’

Tory MP Louise Mensch takes a leaf from former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak’s book on containing civil unrest


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Tue 16 Aug 2011, 17:55 BST
Issue No. 2265
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