“Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation.
So there must be some truth in it...
I note also that London was the UK city that voted most strongly to remain in the EU.
Lammy is the latest in a long line of people to criticise the comedian for his comments, including London mayor Sadiq Khan, and Cleese responded to them all by saying he wasn't racist but a "culturalist".
His comments build on a tweet he sent Cleese.
Hi John, my parents came to London because the British Empire came to their homes first.
Like me, they were proud… https://t.co/NrPT8khSJN