Brown refuses to be drawn on Lisbon

If anyone in Britain wasn’t familiar with Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch before last week, they certainly are now.

21st June, 2008

If anyone in Britain wasn’t familiar with Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch before last week, they certainly are now.

Columnists and commentators have been tripping over themselves to cast British prime minister Gordon Brown as Michael Palin’s pet shop owner-in-denial, and any number of opponents of the Lisbon Treaty as John Cleese’s customer attempting to return the ‘‘ex-parrot’’.

At prime minister’s questions last...

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