Alan Partridge and Malcolm Tucker get set to debate Brexit
Look out for Partridge taking aim at 'enemies of the people'.
Never mind the endless debates in the House of Commons about the intricacies of Brexit. The real action is set to take place in the pages of the Big Issue, it has been revealed.
Comedy genius Armando Iannucci has announced that his two most famous characters are set to debate Brexit next week.
He took to Twitter to inform his followers that The Thick Of It spin doctor Malcolm Tucker will go head-to-head with TV presenter Alan Partridge, who Iannucci created with Steve Coogan.
Iannucci did not provide any clues about the approach that either man will take but he recently revealed that Partridge would hold a similar view to the Daily Mail when it came to Britain leaving the European Union.
"Alan would have voted Brexit for sure. Hard Brexit, given the choice. He’s a Brexiteer because the Daily Mail told him to be," he said.
It raises the prospect of Partridge following in the paper’s footsteps by describing those who believe Parliament should have a say on Brexit as "enemies of the people".
Iannucci has not spoken about Tucker’s views on the subject but the sweary spin doctor is widely believed to be based on New Labour communication supremo Alastair Campbell, who is a fierce opponent of Brexit.
In a bad-tempered debate with Nigel Farage earlier this year, Campbell said that the country was going to be a "laughing stock" as a result of Brexit.
Sounding more like Tucker, he also recently sent an expletive-laden email berating Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie for expressing "buyers remorse" over voting to leave the EU.
It stated: "Never mind buyers remorse, you should feel fucking ashamed to have been for so long part of a giant propaganda machine which has helped the country make a potentially self-destructive decision that future generations will have to live with when you and I are long gone.... But hey, it’s all a bit of fun eh? Fuck off."