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16 June 2012updated 26 Sep 2015 6:32pm

Armando Iannucci gets OBE; Alastair Campbell does not approve

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By Alex Hern

Armando Iannucci awarded OBE; Alastair Campbell disapproves

Storified by Alex Hern · Sat, Jun 16 2012 05:09:16

Armando Iannucci, creator of the Thick of It, In the Loop, and a great deal of other comedy masterworks, is to receive an OBE. Channelling Rupert Murdoch, Iannucci announced on Twitter that:
This is the most humble day of my life.Armando Iannucci
Alastair Campbell, upon whom Iannucci’s Malcolm Tucker character is heavily based, does not approve of him taking the honour. A squabble ensues:
. So @AIannucci OBE joins the Establishment he claims to deride. Malcolm Tucker and I do not approve of honours systemAlastair Campbell
. @campbellclaret It’s probably more Establishment to order your army to march into other countries for no reason. Swings and roundabouts.Armando Iannucci
@Aiannucci you see, your wit a bit tired and blunt already. Three little letters can have more impact than you realise. Tut tutAlastair Campbell
. @campbellclaret WMDArmando Iannucci
With that, Iannucci bows out, heading off for breakfast. But Campbell, who has twice turned down a peerage, isn’t prepared to let it go quite yet:
Call from Tucker re @aianucci OBE ‘F-ing make him what he is by taking on public school establishment w—ers & he f-ing joins em’ Jeez-oAlastair Campbell
OBE trending ahead of MBE today @aiannucci happy Twitter is reflecting the order of merit as decided in the Whitehall he satirises so wellAlastair Campbell
.@aiannucci on his OBE “I hope it’s not an attempt by Government to stop me because that’s not going to happen.” That’s what we call spinAlastair Campbell
.This is the question he appears unable to answer @wildkippers so – @Aiannucci why did you accept it?Alastair Campbell

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