Photo: Getty ImagesIt's officially the word of the year - but will the omnipresence of the 'omnishambles' tag actually make a difference politically?
"Jesus Christ, you are the f***ing omnishambles, that's what you are," Malcolm Tucker spits at hapless minister Nicola Murray, in a The Thick Of It episode originally broadcast back in 2009. "You're like that coffee machine, you know: from bean to cup, you f*** up." Such is the constant stream of bile and invective that has emerged from the mouth of Westminster's most brutal fictional spin doctor that he was bound to hit gold sooner or later. But it took Labour's own real-life spinners to pick up on the word and make it what it is today.
What it is today is, in fact, the word of the year. This accolade, awarded by Oxford University Press, comes despite the emergence in 2012 of other ripsnorters - 'eurogeddon' to describe the ongoing catastrophe of the continent, 'pleb' (a re-entry courtesy of a certain ex-chief whip's Downing Street outburst) and otherRead More »from Behind Britain’s blundering ‘omnishambles’