Jack Straw asked Facebook, the social networking site, to remove a group set up by fans of the satirical TV series The Thick Of It after complaints were received that it attracts too many thick bastards.
The group, which purports to be for mature discussion and appreciation of the TV series, was condemned by educationalists who claim it glorifies stupidity, amidst fears that the group name is misunderstood, and people will join it because they think it's for thick people.
The group was originally set up by Alf Brick in 2007, and boasts two hundred and fifty million members. Alf set up the group after seeing the series and admiring the foul-mouthed, demented fictional character Malcolm Tucker. But he recently admitted he just liked the "potty-mouth" swearing, and thought Gordon Brown was a type of gin, Alastair Campbell was a bloke who "hit a lake in a speed boat", and satire was "what went round a wheel to stop it scraping the ground".
Facebook has so far not had chance to comment on the report, but is allegedly looking into the mental age of many of its members.