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A comparative perspective on lived consequence of contested sovereignty
Katharine Fortin, Bart Klem, and Marika Sosnowski

. We are all Britons, and I am your king. Woman: I didn’t know we had a king. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (White et al., 1975 : Scene 3) This clip from the British comedy group Monty Python illustratively denaturalises sovereign rule in the above encounter

in Statelessness, governance, and the problem of citizenship
Peter Dorey

intonation right, and thereby ensure that she heavily emphasised the ‘You’ at the start of the sentence; if it was all read in the same intonation, the aural impact would have been lost (Mount, 2009: 330). On another occasion, after the newly formed Liberal Democrats had adopted a soaring bird as their logo, it was suggested that Thatcher mock this in her Conservative conference speech by citing Monty Python’s famous ‘dead parrot’ sketch; ‘This parrot has ceased to be. It has shuffled off its mortal coil … This is an ex-parrot’. Not being familiar with the surreal comedy

in Conservative orators from Baldwin to Cameron
The case of European integration
Matt Qvortrup

citizen participation (e.g. through referendums or initiatives). The provision for referendums in constitutions is positively correlated with knowledge about politics. Conclusion What did the Romans ever do for us? Quite a bit if we are to believe the Monty Python film The Life of Brian. But Michael Palin, John Cleese and the other Pythons forgot to mention one thing; the citizens’ right to veto legislation. It is fitting, therefore, that we still use a Latin word for this activity: referendum. In the seventeenth century a Latin tract, Historica Rhaetica, informed the

in Direct democracy
Abstract only
Evan Smith and Matthew Worley

about British political and labour history,6 we hope this volume demonstrates that we cannot ignore the far left; and while some might disregard such groups, parties and tendencies as obscure or on the fringes of the discipline, we argue that their histories reveal wider insights into the functions of the Labour Party, the role that social movements have played in recent history, 10 Waiting for the revolution and the potential impact of far-left ideas beyond the small groups parodied repeatedly in mediocre Monty Python-esque routines over the last thirty

in Waiting for the revolution
Katharine Dommett

rhetorical techniques evident in the speeches of other politicians, Johnson’s injection of humour creates a distinctive, audibly appealing effect which attracts attention and provokes a response precisely because it defies convention. These devices are used to particular effect when advancing a partisan perspective as evident in his assertion that ‘there has been something bizarre about the lip-smacking savagery of the Lib Dems, with Vince Cable morphing into a mad axeman, a transformation as incongruous as the killer rabbit in Monty Python’ ( Johnson, 2009). This metaphor

in Conservative orators from Baldwin to Cameron
Matt Cole

extension of VAT to children’s clothes, fuel and newspapers, the ending of universal child benefit and a pledge of support for the introduction of Trident nuclear missiles in the UK. According to Roy Douglas, ‘the Liberal MPs exploded in fury’, and, being quickly disowned, the statement was nicknamed the ‘Dead Parrot document’ after the unfortunate animal in the Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch. It was quickly replaced by another statement drawn up by three leading policy-makers from each of the parties, in time to secure overwhelming approval for merger at a Special

in Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats
Mark Pitchford

literature, and blockbuster films, as evidence that showed that the 1970s were a ‘Brilliant Decade’.8 Turner argued similarly that rather than being the decade ‘that could scarcely be mentioned without condemnation, conjuring up images of social breakdown, power cuts, the three-day week, rampant bureaucracy and all powerful trade unions’, the 1970s were ‘a golden age of TV, popular fiction, low-tech toys and club football’.9 Yet, cultural manifestations cannot hide the serious problems of the 1970s. Glam Rock, Space-Hoppers, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus were simply

in The Conservative Party and the extreme right 1945–75
Alexandra Kelso

, Cook was sure that the Lords debate in particular had proved fatal for the government’s approach: By the end of the debate the White Paper was firmly skewered to the floor with the printer’s ink fading from every page. There is simply nobody left who can believe that a bill based on this White Paper will get through the House. It is as dead as Monty Python’s famous parrot. (Cook 2003b: 78) By the middle of January 2002, then, a clear window of opportunity for a different approach to Lords reform had emerged as a result of extensive dissatisfaction with the

in Parliamentary reform at Westminster
Thomas Docherty

, debating issues that must remain simple and not complex. 47 Many will recognize this as a rhetorical tactic deployed when one side senses it is losing an argument and makes an appeal to a vote to resolve matters. This quickly becomes a vote about whether we should indeed move to resolve the conflict by a vote, which, in turn, will require a vote about a vote about a vote, and so on. The idea was satirized in Monty Python’s 1979 Life of Brian. DOCHERTY 9781526132741 PRINT.indd 174 23/04/2018 10:06 Inflation, democracy, and populism175 good thing. Bobbio writes that

in The new treason of the intellectuals
Praxis, protest and performance
Lucy Robinson

which it was unclear which side the activists were on. The demonstration was launched by a relatively low key but effectively unnerving gesture. A group of demonstrators began by applauding long after the rest of the crowd had finished and maintained a loud and slow rhythm. This was followed by groups of demonstrators dressed in a wide variety of costumes, some provided by Monty Python’s Graham Chapman who had ‘borrowed’ them from the BBC. Some were dressed as nuns and it was sometimes difficult to tell the difference between these protestors and real nuns, although

in Gay men and the Left in post-war Britain