This term the Society has held a few events that are a little different to our usual programme and Tuesday’s was perhaps the most different so far as all members were asked to attend in their PJs. A first, I think, in society history! The aim was not to discover who has the snazziest PJs but to relax after the Alumni Dinner and watch In the Loop together with sweeties, crisps and various other snacks.
In the Loop follows the events surrounding a potential war that the US President and UK Prime Minister want to start. However not everyone agrees that this is the best plan of action. The US General Miller doesn’t think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC.
So Simon heads to DC to try and get in with the right people, while his entourage of one try to get in their with the right intern. While also trying to stop the Prime Minister’s chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker rigging the vote at the UN. If this all goes wrong Simon can always sack the Director of Communications Judy, who he never liked anyway and who’s back home dealing with voters in Simon’s constiuency who have blocked drains and a man who’s angry about a collapsing wall.
For those of you who have yet to see the film I will not give away the ending and tell you whether Simon can prevent the war, stop Malcolm from, well being Malcolm Tucker and solve the problems back in his constiuency. I will tell you that In the Loop is one of the funniest political films I have seen which contains such classic lines as;
‘ No, no, no, you needn’t worry about the Canadians, they’re just happy to be there. [pause] Yes, well, they always look surprised when they’re invited.’,
‘”Climbing the mountain of conflict”? You sounded like a Nazi Julie Andrews!’ and
‘I can’t stand to see a woman bleed from the mouth. It reminds me of that Country & Western music which I cannot abide.’
A fun night was had by all then it was off to the Union to show are fellow UCLers that yes our Society is slightly mad but we know how to have fun.
Our next event is the AGM Tuesday 19:30 in the G08 Sir David Davies LT, Roberts Building. Anyone wishing to stand MUST submit their name to Kieran by NOON TOMORROW. Only Society members can vote on Tuesday so if you are not a member and want to vote Join the Society beforehand!