Thrasher Mitchell: Sire, there are reports circulating that I called a policeman a “fucking pleb”.

Cameron: What of it? He probably was a pleb. Most policemen are.

From Raisa-gate to Hunt-gate and, er, pleb-gate, John Crace takes a condensed look at the year in Westminster.

Photograph: Scott Garrett/Heart

'Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile.' 

The online version of China’s Communist party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator as the Sexiest Man Alive – not realising it is satire.

Photograph: Kns/AFP/Getty Images

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As the magazine celebrates its 50th birthday, cartoonist and author Nick Newman selects its funniest front pages

A free exhibition of cartoons and covers, Private Eye: The First 50 Years, runs at the V&A museum until 8 Jan 2012. All covers reproduced by kind permission of Private Eye magazine, private-eye.co.uk