"You're right, you're right.
Sorry, sorry. You're right."
David Cameron apologises for suggesting Tory MEPs should be allowed a free vote on issues concerning homosexuality, conceding that sexual freedom was a fundamental human right, rather than a question of conscience.
AprilThey should never have put me with that woman . . . She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour."
Gordon Brown waxes lyrical about Gillian Duffy.
"I pledge to vote against any increase in fees in the next parliament."
Nick Clegg promises not to vote for tuition fee rises – eight months
before doing just that.
"Cut your ex's face, and then no one will want her."
Danny Dyer's advice to a jilted man in his agony uncle column for Zoo magazine.
"I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest."
BP CEO Tony Hayward on what turned out to be the largest accidental sea-borne oil spill in the industry's history.
"I'd like my life back."
Hayward, a fortnight later.
"Moaty, it's me, Gazza – where are you?"
Paul Gascoigne on a one-man mission to coax fugitive gunman Raoul Moat out of hiding.
"It's something to bounce back from."
Goalkeeper Robert Green after his error cost England a win against the USA at the World Cup.
". . . some members of the gay community need to stop regarding themselves as having a special victim status and behave like any other sensible group that is accepted by society."
Sunday Times editor John Witherow refuses to apologise to Clare Balding after writer AA Gill called her a "dyke on a bike".
"Every now and then there's always one mistake."
BBC presenter Simon McCoy after weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker was caught on air giving McCoy the bird.
"Australia's next top model for 2010 is . . . it's you Kelsey!"
Sarah Murdoch, announces Australia's next top model . . .
"Oh my God . . . I'm so sorry. It's Amanda."
Sarah Murdoch, five minutes later.
"You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?"
Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell, displaying her surefire understanding of the US constitution.
". . . we all love the red squirrel. But there is one ginger rodent which we never want to see again in the Highlands: Danny Alexander."
Harriet Harman is left red-faced after telling Scottish Labour party members that Danny Alexander was a rat.
"It's better to be passionate about beautiful girls than be gay."
Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi reacts to criticism of his involvement with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl.
"We've gotta stand with our North Korean allies."
Sarah Palin gets her foreign policy in a muddle.
"For the vast majority of people in the country today, they have never had it so good ever since this recession – this so-called recession – started."
Tory peer David Young just as the government announces cuts.
"We're going to have a system where the middle classes are discouraged from breeding because it's jolly expensive."
Another Tory peer, Howard Flight.
"I think we've won, and that's why I'm prepared to take the risk of making a prediction at the last moment."
Toby Young is very confident that England are about to win their bid to host the 2018 World Cup. They didn't.
". . . we're going to be talking to Jeremy Cunt, er Hunt, the culture secretary, about . . . broadband."
Jim Naughtie welcomes Jeremy Hunt, live on the Today programme.
"I have declared war on Mr Murdoch and I think we are going to win."
Vince Cable on his opposition to Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB takeover bid.
How the gaffes break down
• 76% of all gaffes in 2010 were committed by men.
• 57%, unsurprisingly, were committed by politicians.
•52% took place live on air.
•43% involved well-known rightwingers.
• 24% were the result of politicians being completely out of touch with ordinary people.
• 24% involved some sort of mistaken identity.
• 19% were made by Tories.
• 14% were related to football.
• 14% concerned misogynistic behaviour.
• 14% were related to homophobia.
• 10% were committed by professional broadcasters.
• 10% came from the mouths of bona fide lefties.
• 10% came from the mouths of Lords of the Realm.
• 5% were connected in some way or another to Raoul Moat.
• 5% were related to Freudian slips.
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