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Collins guilty of 'campaign of abuse' - but escapes jail

TV presenter’s punishment of 18 months' community service dismissed as 'derisory'

Terence Blacker: Fifty years after the satire boom, the country needs it more than ever

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Panel show pair David Mitchell and Victoria Coren are engaged to be married.

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Ricky Gervais reminded us recently, as if we'd forgotten, that language can still offend en masse if its use is misjudged.

Terence Blacker: Why is it now so cool to be nasty?

At least we now know how, if you are a comedian whose career is becalmed, you can make yourself the centre of attention. You deploy one of the new swearwords. "Spaz" and "retard" are favourites and, as this week has shown, "mong" can do the trick pretty well, too.

Diary: Wake up, Ed, and get stuck into Lord Leveson

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