The Politics of Spin: Beware the bland bomb
Image copyright & courtesy of"I'm not sure it says government is crap," said Armando Iannucci recently, of his political satire The Thick of It. "I think it says the people in government are crap." Nowadays politicians and their aides delightedly declare scenes in their life to have been like the show. The former Culture Secretary James Purnell once told Iannucci, of a scene where characters were trying to make up a policy in the back of a car, "I've been in the back of that car". And we witnessed ex-No 10 enforcer, Alistair Campbell, the inspiration for the bullying Malcolm Tucker, jeering at Iannucci, the son of Italian immigrants, for accepting an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. A handy insight there into the luxury of disdain for honours, possessed by people who've been privileged insiders, not outsiders. What's most troubling though is not that Malcom Tucker is the most popular character (Milton's Satan was way more fun than God in Paradise Lost