The origin of “omnishambles”

Ed Miliband’s The Thick Of It reference.

Today’s PMQs saw the first recorded use of “omnishambles” in the House of Commons as Ed Miliband noted that “even people within Downing Street” were referring to the “omnishambles Budget”. The term, of course, first appeared in TV’s The Thick Of It and you can watch the famous clip below.

Here’s how the show’s creator Armando Iannucci responded on Twitter.

Fantastic. With the royalties from Miliband’s ’omnishambles’ quote we’ve now secured enough funding for a new series. #thethickofit — Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) April 18, 2012

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.