February 24th, 2012

In The Thick of It Loop

In February last year Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci coughed some insight about the new season to the Guardian. The much loved Tory MP character Peter Mannion “becomes minister but there will be someone from the other party in the coalition in his office, so a lot of the comedy will come from that tension between duplicated ministers.” Though the man behind the show is a LibDem voter, he’s clearly not going to hold his punches in season four. Guido is hearing whispers of what to expect when filming begins in April…

Apparently there will be a judge led inquiry overshadowing the series. The central LibDem character  is currently called Ferguson, a junior minister at the mythical Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, struggling as he makes it into government. Apparently he’s highly ethical, but blighted by terrible anger management. Full of ideas after years of being ignored, Ferguson is very friendly on the surface, but prone to shouty, childish abuse when things go wrong.

It sounds like an horrendous amalgamation of Chris Huhne and Sarah Teather…


  1. 1
    nellnewman says:

    ‘shouty childish abuse when things go wrong’

    Ahhh gordy MarkII

  2. 2
    Eight Ace Joyce says:

    My head still hurts.

  3. 3

    Ugh. You could have at least given us a SPOILER warning.

    Mind you, Mannion’s back. Harrumble!

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    They’ve had to cut the scene where a drunken Scottish MP launches an unprovoked attack on three other MP’s as they thought it was not believeable.

  5. 5
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Seen elsewhere: Merkal.

    Is he an indian billionaire or something?

  6. 6
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    “unprovoked attack” … MP


  7. 7
    I used to work until I saw the light says:

    I was going to look for a job today but found out I am getting a 5.2% pay rise for not bothering. Back to bed then….

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    no jury of decent people would see anything wrong in giving a tory a good kicking says:

    “terrible anger management”

    Hope they show blood.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Huhne and Tether, thick and loopy.

  11. 11
    Tax Payer says:

    5.2% of not a lot is, erm…..?

  12. 12
    Sophie says:

    I hope there is an episode when the cultural enrichment parliament has inflicted on us all ends with said parliament being blown to hell.

    That would be hilarious.

  13. 13
    Bruised Tory says:

    This poor man (if you discount the £200, 000 in expenses and salary of £65,00 p.a.) is being pilloried for just doing what every fine fellow in a skirt does up in scotchland. He gets drunk soon after birth and stays that way until he moves down to England as soon as puberty hits and he has got three legs to stand on. Thereafter he goes onto the bennies and complains, argues and punches every English Tory he can find and where better to do it than the HoC. This is of course (according to the Propaganda Control Department at the BBC) a well-known and incurable sickness that requires care and sympathy, not prosecution and banging up in a nice warm cell with a telly.

  14. 14

    Ruminating about Polly’s But before getting overly sanctimonious… (Quote of the Day)

    From the unrivalled expert, I should like to enquire: exactly what level of sanctimony is requisite?

  15. 15
    A bonfire says:

    have you seen whos blog this is?

  16. 16
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I usually manage to avoid her. I was rather surprised when she asserted that it is government policy to move the unemployed from central london to hull.

    It isn’t of course, poor sods.

  17. 17
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    jgm2 says:

    5.2% of not-a-lot is still too much.

  19. 19
    Chris Langham says:

    When do we start filming? No one has called me….?

  20. 20
    Charity begins at home boys says:

    Little eeeeeenglaaaaanderrrrrrrrrrrrrrbeeeeeeetofasheeeeeeeeeet.

  21. 21
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Are you a pensioner? Wrap up well dearie.

  22. 22
    Tax Payer says:

    Personally, I get some comfort from knowing that if I am made redundant there would be some level of state support available. I couldn’t last for long on it.

    Obviously, I have no time for professional layabouts.

  23. 23
    jgm2 says:

    He was apparently drummed out of the army. Perhaps they took his pension while they were about it. The same tactic the civil service uses elsewhere to ensure folk keep their gobs shut and don’t rock the boat.

    If he did get his pension nicked he might be justifying his expenses accumulation as a way of trying to make up for ‘lost’ monies.

    Most likely however he is every bit as on the make as his behaviour suggests. As others have said ‘a chancer’. Somebody who genuinely cannot believe his good luck, who is convinced it could all end any minute and is kicking the arse out of it (and anybody who disagrees with him) while he can.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    The funniy thing about scotish people is they’re always punching people but if you punch one of them they’re all like wah wah what did you do that for?

    We should create a seperate scottich currancy and then devalue the f**k out of it, so that paying for their dole and public services becomes cheaper.

  25. 25
    Who is the pretender with the lugs says. says:

    Suck suck suck suck oh! suck it.

  26. 26
    Armando says:

    You will be be on a long overseas visit, contactable by phone.

  27. 27
    RunningDog says:

    Why don’t we make the scottish pound a seperate country and then devalue the f**k out of it. That way, all the dole and social services we pay for up there would become cheaper. Can anybody see a downside? They wouln’t be able to buy our expoorts I guess, but they don’t anyway on account of being tight w**kers.

  28. 28
    RunningDog says:

    seperate currancy I mean

  29. 29
    jgm2 says:

    Nonsense. They can’t get enough of our Buckfast. Cameron should increase duty on ‘tonic wine’ to ten quid a bo*tt*le.

    We’d be debt-free by Christmas.

  30. 30
    BBC outreach dept says:

    We sent you a PDF file about it.

  31. 31
    Local Scouser Luciana Berger says:

    It’s all gone downhill for Jacqui Smith apparently….


  32. 32
    There's nice says:

    “Instead of a guild, practitioners are hired to do their masters’ bidding, even when that can mean spreading disinformation and disregarding evidence.”
    Lovely truthful quote from Ms Toynbee in her article – must have been looking in the mirror when she wrote it. Perhaps this can be worked into the new prog?

  33. 33
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    How times change. I remember the 70s. you couldn’t go anywhere for the stacks of beer cans with semi-naked women on them.

  34. 34

    Perhaps it should be. ;-)

  35. 35
    Airmiles Eric says:

    Hair of the dog anyone?

  36. 36
    Show biz for ugly people says:

    Woukd this be the same ‘In the thick of it’ that savaged nuLab? The one from the BBC, the channel that seems to send people on here into some girly hysterical knee jerk Pavlovian bitch fit?

  37. 37
    AC1 says:

    Projection or a total lack of self awareness?

    Alternatively Projection AND a total lack of self awareness

  38. 38
    AC1 says:

    > that it is government policy to move the unemployed from central london to hull

    I’d vote for that. If you want to live in London…


  39. 39
    Fuck America says:

    So another ‘white man’ is deported to America for trial whilst fucking rag heads like Quatada and Hamza sit here in the UK.

    Oh hang on the government knows that deporting white men to America won’t cause problems, do it to a rag head and 20,000 of the c u n tz will be on the streets rioting and raping.

  40. 40

    Looking down the list on the right, my eyes came to rest on Sir Peter Stringfellow.

    Suppose he was ennobled by the last lot. A knighthood for knobbing?

    On that basis, I should expect to receive an Earldom.

  41. 41
    Scotch on the rocks says:

    Airmiles Eric, Sweaty Kennedy, Expenses Martin. Three good reasons why Scotchland should be thrown out of the union.

  42. 42
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    You keep em for yourself.

  43. 43

    Thanks for your recent tip on G*ost*ry. Brilliant!

  44. 44
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Yes I must admit to having a little guffaw at reading that comment.

    This from the high priestess of hand-wringing sactimony herself.

    She is so blythely unaware of herself, it’s actually bloody funny.

    I see comments are closed until she has fled back to the safety of the Tuscan villa.

  45. 45
    Pete Townshend says:

    How’s the ‘research’ going Chris?

  46. 46
    Bye bye, Eric says:

    Just read about Eric Joyce being charged. That’s made my day.

  47. 47
    McJock says:

    What about McMong Gordon, McLiar Blair and McSpinner Cambell?

  48. 48
    Jimmy Young says:

    I’m still alive you know.

  49. 49
    Dick Scratcher says:

    What’s the recipe today Jim?

  50. 50
    Charlie Kennedy says:

    There, but for the grace of God, go I.

  51. 51
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I know. Shocking isn’t it? The chap was on Toady this morning saying how he felt his human rights were trampled on as a tax-paying UK citizen while a terrorist-loving foriegner living on benefits enjoyed every possible protection under UK law.

    Something is very badly wrong.

  52. 52
    jgm2 says:

    Why? Are you a punchy dr*u*nk too?

  53. 53
    Jonny says:

    Who is sarah teather?

  54. 54
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    It amuses me (not) that those like myself who have been self-employed and standing on their own two feet, paying all their taxes for many years are entitled to precisely fuck all in the way of benefits.

    Had I and my family just arrived on a boat from some fly-blown shithole of a failed state, never having worked or paid taxes here, I would be entitled to free housing and money.

    It’s only fair innit?

  55. 55
    Taxfodder says:

    I could do with a good night out…

    strikes me a few free beers at Strangers, scuff the odd MP any creed I’m not fussed, after which a decent curry and a bunk up with some willing Tory totty would round the night off nicely….

    get yer coat see you outside about eleven thirty, things should have warmed up by then, any later and all thats left is Labour ten pinters and the crackhead windbags.

  56. 56
    jgm2 says:

    They’re also terribly generous and awfully witty and good-humoured. I know this because that’s what Scottish people tell me about themselves. Funnily enough that’s exactly what Geordies and scousers will tell you about themselves too.

    I find though that when you return their ‘witty’ banter in the same measure in which they wittily dole it out they soon get very aggressive. They can dish it out but they can’t take it in my experience.

    Mind you, if I lived in one of those socialist shitholes , daily ground down by peer-pressure to be a fucking waster and blindly hate folk with more money than me then I’d probably be aggressive too.

  57. 57
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    Ha ha ha. What a great programme that shows the Black mail and relationships that hold sway due to the weakness of politicians. We need politicians without the Sh-t underneath their finger nails. Easily exploited.

  58. 58
    Although.... says:

    Self-employed people pay National Insurance?

    Child Benefit?

    Tax Credits?

  59. 59
    Maximus says:

    Trash imitating life imitating art. And people pay to watch it… WTF?

  60. 60
    JH says:

    Christ, read this meandering rant by Polly.

    As well as the quote-of-the-day classic ‘But before getting overly sanctimonious’, it includes petulant rants about how it “will offer jobs to those willing to put their pens to abusing migrants, travellers, trade unionists, single mothers, women, the unemployed, public sector staff, young people, Europe, foreigners or anyone to the left of John Redwood.”

    The horror! Offering jobs to people! To create a paper people actually want to buy and read, rather than just leafing through it because it is sat on the table in the staff room.

    It just soooooo burns them that the Sunday Sun will outsell the Guardian by a factor of over 10 to 1.

    The Guardian needs a big comeuppance, and/or to suddenly go bust. I expect to see either this decade.

  61. 61
    jgm2 says:

    The BBC were ‘savaging’ new Labour from the left. Any objections the BBC had to the Imbecility and the Reign of Terror were from a Grauniadista point of view – ie that the Labour government weren’t being lefty enough. That not enough money was being squandered.

  62. 62
    JH says:

    PS – comments are switched off on that article ‘for legal reasons’. I didn’t know verbally tearing Polly Toybee a new arsehole was against the law.

  63. 63
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I have never fully understood the motives of a group of seeminly harmless Devonian monks in concocting this fiendish brew whose clear purpose is to turn the Scots into a nation of pissed-up degenerates.

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Where’s Shami? Where’s Stafford Smith? Where’re the end to end newsnight programmes on this subject?

    Meanwhile 38 men are in a Liverpool court and 8 in a Rochdale court being charged with grooming underage girls for sex. Not a peep from the MSM.

    Oh, and Dave’s “back to work czar”, Emma Harrison, has to resign as her company is investigated for fraud.

  65. 65
    Owen Jones says:

    It should have been 52.5 %.

    The unproductive and feckless working people of Britain need to realise that their role is to support the poor and cuddly babymaking-drug dealing estate population.

    That’s what SOCIETY MEANS! {squeak squeak}

  66. 66
  67. 67
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    She already has enough arse holes judging by the quantity of shit she produces.

  68. 68
    jgm2 says:

    Joy unconfined.

    Par for the course though. Polly presuming to tell people what to read and what to think. It is so institutionalised amongst the bedwetters they either don’t realise they’re doing it or they don’t realise why it might be wrong to have a state broadcaster transmitting partisan propaganda into folks homes.

  69. 69
    Rh- says:

    IF theres no foul mouthed abusive violent scot in it I’m not interested ……………. Malcolm Tucker obviously. Not Eric Joyce!

  70. 70
    annette curton says:

    It’s called being en-knob-lead, Croix De Guerre with oak leafs.

  71. 71
    A man's man says:

    Tell you something at least Eric Joyce is a real person, unlike most of his Labour crew mates. Give me a seat in a pub with him any day rather than the Eagle sisters or the Balls couple or the sleazy Jowells or the short list Harmans etc etc.

  72. 72
    Eric Joyce says:

    I had a smashing time the other night.

  73. 73

    Eternal Gordy Brown was a genius & EU is a great social project believer.

    Quite an endangered species these days.

  74. 74
    jgm2 says:

    To be fair to the monks I think their target ma*r*k*et has a predisposition to self-destruction. If it’s not the bo*o*ze it’s the fags. If it’s not the fags it’s the drugs. If it’s not the drugs then it’s the lard-rich diet. If it’s not the lard-rich diet then it’s a street-stabbing and if that doesn’t work and you’ve got some real ambition then you can always join the British Army and get blown into small bite-sized chunks in some foreign shithole for no good reason at all.

    They’re like the Ru*ss*ians. Totally hell-bent on annihilating themselves. Probably for similar reasons. Living in a cold, bleak wasteland with nothing to do.

  75. 75
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    It is Polly’s sacred duty to warn us of the dire possibility of old Rupe rising zombie-like from the grave if we dare to buy the SoS.

    In light of this revelation, I’m going to buy at least three copies every Sunday.

    For legal reasons, this article will not be open to comments@commentisfree

    Comment is NOT ‘free’ then, is it, you censoring twats!

  76. 76
    jgm2 says:

    Give me a seat in a pub with him any day

    You let us know which pub you’ll both be going to and the rest of us can avoid it.

  77. 77
    Austin Powers says:

    Or they could at least start drinking something more Scottish:

  78. 78
    albacore says:

    On the other hand, it goes exactly to plan
    Parliament tatting England whenever it can
    Celebrate the diversity and enriching
    That our worthless MPs have been decades stitching

  79. 79
    m'Lord PrizeClot, NooLieBore Illumination, commenting on current affairs says:

    I like it thick and gloopy – tha’s all I can say for now thanks a lot for nothin is what I’ve been saying for ages serve it up hot and strong – well when I’m in the mood that reminds me anyone gotta sandwich . . ? . . .cake . . ? . . .patsy . . ? . . . oh fer chris’ake take a lookat that will ya, – here hold that, – – I’ll be back when I’ve hadda closer look from the front, – she wearing a thin top?

  80. 80
    JH says:

    Gaaah! Here’s another classic:

    If the Sunday Sun soars, he will be back owning some 40% of press readership, plus Sky (to whom the BBC is wrongly obliged to pay £10m a year).

    Polly, the only thing that is ‘wrong’ is that we are ‘obliged’ – with menaces – to give the BBC money, and get nothing in return except repeats, Wossy, repeats, an endless deluge of preachy cultural Marxist shite thrown together by a self-congratulatory cabal of fabian shirtlifters hellbent on undermining the very fabric of our society, and repeats.

  81. 81
    A man's man says:

    There won’t be any trouble. I don’t go to pubs frequented by so called Tory poofters.

  82. 82
    annette curton says:

    Polly always switches off after abusing every sector of our society in that pathetic rag, not what you would call a free flow of opinion.

  83. 83
    It's "The Sun" wot get's the sales !! says:

    Particularly liked this phrase from Polly’s article ….”like the Guardian, the BBC or other reputable news organisations…..” Hahahahahahahah…since when have either been that ?

  84. 84
    The Paragnostic says:

    They haven’t offered me a job yet – cunts!

  85. 85
    A man in the corner says:

    I note you said “seat in a pub with him”, not a seat in a pub next to him. By the way, you don’t have a moustach do you?

  86. 86
    Another Old Tory Bigot says:

    Whatever the reverse of ‘raise’ is, that I would like to happen to Pol the Harpy

  87. 87
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    The Sunday Sun will expose a lot more sh1t. Can’t wait! I notice that benefit spongers are to get a 5% pay rise, makes you really want to earn more and pay tax doesn’t it? NOT. When are we going to eliminate these benefit spongers?

  88. 88
    Charmless Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Have you put the bar bill through on expenses ?

  89. 89
    jgm2 says:

    You might not but Joyce obviously has a predilection for them. You might have to become more confident with your own sexuality if you’re going to be hanging out with Thumper Joyce.

  90. 90
    Gonk says:

    She is a small bright-eyed woodland creature who’s just been given
    a large forest to play in. Don’t touch her soft fruit though, she’ll have you.

  91. 91
    jgm2 says:

    His fingers are probably still trembling so much (DTs) that he can’t hold a pen to fill out his expenses.

  92. 92
    Universal Hiss says:

    This is the best piece from her ever for utter drivel.

    The funny thing is that the very people she pretends to champion will all be buying the Sun on Sunday.


  93. 93
    jgm2 says:

    I suspect the Grauniad are far more worried by the legal consequences and subsequent embarrassment caused what their brain-dead fellow-travellers will write rather than the p155-taking we might get up to.

  94. 94
    annette curton says:

    Indeed, they are developing big a reputation as are you but it’s certainly not one of repute.

  95. 95
    Spartacus says:

    cant wait for the caption competition

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    No relation to James says:

    Has Joyce got a history of violence? Does anyone know if it’s an open secret he’s got a drinking problem?

  97. 97
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    My own Seen elsewhere:


    I’ve got some trees, I’ll do them for half the price.

  98. 98
    JH says:

    Silly question, but can we just clarify that the Sunday Sun will have at least one topless young lady on page 3.

    I rather enjoy looking at topless young ladies, myself. I don’t care if anyone disapproves.

  99. 99
    Vanished says:

    I’ve tried finding the story of Joyce being charged on the bbc news homepage but to no avail.

  100. 100
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    My own Seen elsewhere:


    I’ve got some trees, I’ll do them for half !AS MUCH!

  101. 101
    Handycock (Immigrant Trafficker) says:


    Send them to Portsmouth. We will take as many as you can give us. I will organise the planning permissions, my ‘boys’ will build the houses, laundering their drug profits at the same time. An army of council workers will look after them giving them benefits, clothes, furniture, and, my ‘boys’ will organise them with cash in hand jobs. Everyone will be very happy and a few of us get very very rich. And the taxpayer is paying for it all. Whoopee! Boaz.

  102. 102
    neurosemantics says:

    Toynbee traits, [or that which will probably be used to explain the recent Joyce fiasco] would suggest exhibiting a medical failure resembling the “abnormal or excessive synchronous neuronal activity in the brain” after a petit mal or grand mal epileptic / non epileptic seizure.
    Nothing like using a psychological / medical excuse to explain your unwarranted behaviour or “jamais vu” condition of forgetfullness, resulting in writing a fairy tale .

  103. 103
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Spot on. The BBC does attack Labour but as you say they attack from the left, so the BBC will wheel out wankers like Polly Toynbee who is further to the left than Nu Labour to attack Labour for not being lefty enough.

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    jgm2 says:

    Apparently in more partisan company a couple of years ago he managed to avoid prosecution because he’d nutted somebody ‘in self-defence’ and only a year or so ago he was ba*nn*ed from dr*i*v*ing for failing to provide a sample.

    Now if I failed to provide a sample it would be because I knew that I was soooo dr*u*nk that I’d be ba*nn*ed for well over a year so a 12 month ba*n would seem like a bonus. I couldn’t possibly comment if that was Joyce’s motivation for refusing though.

    Some might say there is a pattern emerging there.

  106. 106
    jgm2 says:


    Single line – third down on the right. Below the picture of the landlady showing SKY TV using a Greek decoder.

    It’s a question of priorities you see.

  107. 107
    annette curton says:

    I can just imagine,
    Dry cleaning £200
    Case of Glenfiidich £300
    Legal representation £100,000.

  108. 108
    annette curton says:

    PFI initiative for fig trees?, think I will just go and boil my head.

  109. 109
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    The story has even dropped off that list.

  110. 110
    tory boys never grow up says:

    I’m waiting for the episode where the black arts department puts out scurillous stories into the blogosphere to defend their masters and divert attention by plying a blogger with a predilection for fast cars and financial recklessness with wine, women and song.

  111. 111
    BBC Comissioning Ed. says:

    Too boring. Fuck off.

  112. 112
    Shane Warne says:

    On a serious note, I saw Julian Nicholson, or the actor that plays him, in the Portcullis House smoking area today.

    Hanging around, seemingly doing nothing. Unmistakably him. Very odd.

  113. 113
    Robert Mugabe says:

    Hey Handy. Just seen this picture of you on this site chasing young girls, brilliant.

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