Saturday, 16 June 2012

Andrew Neil has the best of Iannucci-Campbell row

I see I'm not the only one surprised satirist Armando Iannucci accepted an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honour's. The man behind The Thick Of It has taken some stick from Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's spinner-in-chief and the inspration for the comedy show's foulmouthed Malcolm Tucker.
Here's some of the Twitter exchange in The Guardian's online story.
Alistair Campbell: @ campbellclaret So @ AIannucci OBE joins the Establishment he claims to deride. Malcom Tucker and I do not approve of honours system
Armando Iannucci: @ AIannucci It's probably more Establishment to order your army to march into other countries for no reason. Swings and roundabouts
Alistair Campbell: @ campbellclaret you see, your wit a bit tired and blunt already. Three little letters can have more impact than you realise. Tut Tut
Armando Iannucci: @ AIannucci WMD
Iannucci argued it would have been bad manners to have refused the award.
But I agree with Andrew Neil who tweeted, The Guardian reports, "Why would somebody who constantly parades their anti-establishment credentials accept such a bauble?" ...adding that he believed journalists should also never accept honours "from people we are supposed to be holding to account".


  1. Never liked him.

  2. He's not a journalist.

  3. Neil makes two points; both valid. In any case Iannucci is a political animal who, as an observer, is literally a sketch writer. GC


What do you think? GC