UK’s Cameron backs minister in row over "pleb" swipe at police

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s David Cameron backed a senior minister accused of ranting at policemen in public and calling them “plebs”, an old-fashioned insult laden with snobbery that has undermined his party’s attempts to shake off its privileged image. The tirade outside the prime minister’s Downing Street office by Andrew Mitchell has embarrassed a Conservative party that is trailing in the polls and struggling to shore up its support at a time of recession, tax increases and spending cuts. …