In The Loop - Feature-Length New Labour Spin

Having become increasingly frustrated with the 'New' Labour placemen on the 'Another C*ck-Up at No 10" thread, I thought I should draw everyone's attention to the Film 'In The Loop' which is released tomorrow. If you have seen 'The Thick Of It', Armando Ianucci's turbo-charged Yes Minister for the noughties, then this is a full-length, cinematic version. If you haven't seen The Thick Of It, make an effort to do so, it is brilliant.

Anyway, there is a great film site, with a trailer featuring the Alistair Campbell-esque spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker that will load and play immediately it has loaded - it is quite sweary, so not in front of the kids!

I heard Armando being interviewed the other day, and he is relishing the fact that the current 'spin' story is just going to make his film even more popular and the satire within even more biting. It was pointed out that there is a bit in the film about him advising the minister not to claim back hotel porn films on expenses - given that the film was in the can months ago, that is a remarkably prescient piece of satire.

The site is at this LINK

It is quite an elaborate site, and you can even follow Malcolm and his side-kick on Twitter. I am sure that they won't mind me reproducing the following from their site (supposedly an e-mail from Malcolm Tucker to all Ministers - clearly it has been tarted up to include reference to the fragrant Jacqui Smith's recent embarrassment):

FROM: Malcolm Tucker
TO: All Ministers and Advisers attending G20
SUBJECT: Don't Touch That Dial
So, look I know there's going to be a lot of hotel room stays this week one way and another, so after the weekend's festival of cabinet spouse sperm the tabs and the pricksteins who like to pretend they're above it will be ferreting after every check-out statement in town looking for signs of skin flicks. So here's my advice. For the next week, no tossing.

Got it? Just leave that emergency cord untugged. There may be a penalty for doing so, and that penalty may be having your knob cut off.

If you really do find it imperative to choke the chicken during this period of international crisis meetings, may I suggest you do not use any paid-for visual aides. To this end, there follows a selection of ideas for images you may like to imagine if your bonce is so grey with policy you can't muster your own mental filth.

So, emergency government recommended w*nk scenarios are:

1) Imagine a fit bird in her knickers

If this does not work you may like to move on to the next stage:

2) Imagine a fit bird with no knickers.

If even this does not do it for you, then you can try to:

3) Imagine two fit birds with no knickers.

The next level is pretty spicy, so hang on to your hats:

4) Imagine three fit birds one with knickers, two with no knickers.

And finally, for the hard-core:

5) Imagine two fit birds and a bloke all doing it like billio all ways up.


If you feel the need for any more stimulation go and see Jamie who will draw you some f*cking pictures. But do not, whatever you do, hit that red button alright?

Thank you and goodnight.

You're right, it is only on at a number of cinemas - hopefully the current political embarrassment will get the film the coverage it needs to be a nationwide 'must-see'. I have just googled 'cinema, in the loop, and the first half of my postcode' and it has found me one within 12 miles - worth every mile. :D
Just been to see it. Lost a bit of momentum in the middle, but certainly one of the funniest films in ages - with the added bonus of being a stinging satire of New Labour and its spin-machine.

"Thoroughly Recommended - 5 Stars" - Fifth_Columnist


I watched it today as well. It is brilliant. I found the dialogue scathingly funny and the depiction of the machinations of government is absorbing to watch. I never once looked at my watch throughout.

Thoroughly recommended.

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