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Theatre: I recently went to see a reading of a new play called 'Coalition'. It was a political satire about the present coalition government. Written by Tom Salinsky and Robert Khan, it was witty, fast moving and hugely enjoyable. It started me wondering about the nature of great satirical comedy. I immediately thought of 'The Thick of It' and 'Yes Minister' and realised that one of the features of both is the paradoxical ability to be specific and non-specific at the same time. Subliminally one is constantly aware of contemporary resonances, but the resonances are never specific enough to give history the chance to overtake the comedy and render it redundant. That was my one reservation about 'Coalition'. It was so particularly about Clegg's Lib Dems that there is a danger that history will creep up and date it overnight. I hope not, because it was a terrific script.

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Jeremy Clarkson's comment that striking workers "should be shot" did not breach broadcasting regulations, Ofcom ruled today.

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Clarkson doubles Top Gear income

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TV watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's comments about striking public sector workers.

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Three days have passed since Jeremy Clarkson demanded the public execution of more than two million public sector workers – almost one 20th of the UK's entire adult population – in front of an even wider audience of their grief-stricken spouses and children.

Jeremy Clarkson's 'execute strikers' outburst sparks 21,000 complaints

Jeremy Clarkson's TV outburst in which he said striking workers "should be shot" has led to more than 21,000 complaints to the BBC.

Clarkson discussing Wednesday’s strikers, said on The One Show: 'I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families'

Unions go potty, Clarkson says sorry, now for the lolly

Unison calls on BBC to sack Top Gear star after he calls for striking workers to be shot

Jeremy Clarkson row dogs strike talks

BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson remained at the centre of a storm of protest tonight despite apologising for saying striking public sector workers "should be shot".

Jeremy Clarkson sorry for strike comments

Jeremy Clarkson today apologised for saying striking workers "should be shot".

Advice sought on Jeremy Clarkson comments

A leading union is taking urgent legal advice over "appalling" comments made by BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson about the huge strike by public sector workers, it was announced today.

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One of the more unusual snippets of information from the Leveson Inquiry has been that NOTW whistleblower Paul McMullan and Michael Gove were at college together...

The right-wing columnists in killer's 'manifesto'

The television presenter Jeremy Clarkson and the Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips feature in the 1,500-page manifesto published online by the Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik before he began his killing spree.

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