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David Cameron’s not the only one in trouble over morris dancing

Plus: The best places to complain to Google, and the worst places to commit bestiality

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Dirty dancing

David Cameron was accused of causing racial offence by posing with blacked-up Morris dancers, though it was pointed out that the tradition dates from 16th-century jobless labourers covering their faces with soot. Other Morris dancer controversies:

— In 2011 the Slubbing Billys were thrown out of a pub in Durham for breaking a rule against music. They weren’t dancing, just drinking, but had bells on their trousers.

— In 2013 officials from Lancashire County Council accused the Britannia Coconut Dancers of breaching health and safety rules when their dance strayed onto the road.

Forget me, forget me not?

Where have people been most successful at persuading Google to remove links they claim infringe their ‘right to be forgotten’?

MOST SUCCESSFUL

No of requests

Austria

10,611

Germany

25,272

France

29,250

Luxembourg

220

Percentage successful

Austria

54%

Germany

53%

France

52%

Luxembourg

50%

LEAST SUCCESSFUL

No of requests

Italy

11,512

Portugal

1,512

Slovenia

527

Percentage successful

Italy

24%

Portugal

25%

Slovenia

26%

The UK is roughly halfway down the list, with 35% of its 18,597 requests successful.

Unequal struggle

FTSE100 directors earn 120 times that of their average employee, up from 47 times in 2000. How does income inequality compare worldwide, with income of the richest 10% as a multiple of that of the poorest 10%?

US

16.6

Japan

10.7

UK

9.6

Italy

9.2

France

7.4

Germany

6.9

OECD average

9.8

Animal passion

The Danish minister for agriculture announced that the country is to ban bestiality. Some countries have legalised bestiality through the repeal of sodomy laws. The current situation:

Legal Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Mexico, Romania, Thailand and 11 US states including Texas and Ohio.

Subject to fines Germany (max. €30,000)

Subject to imprisonment Most other countries, varying from a year in the Netherlands, two years in France and the UK, to life imprisonment in Ireland.

Subject to death penalty Iran, but only on conviction for fourth offence.