If you do one thing today - watch this brilliant sketch by Rik Mayall from the 80s that is the spitting image of the ERG Brexiteers.

From 1987 to 1992, ITV played the unhinged and excellent sitcom The New Statesman, which featured the character Sir Alan Beresford B'Stard MP, who became synonymous with the unashamed Tory money-grabbing atmosphere of the time, with the spot on catchphrases of 'greed is good'; and 'Tory sleeze'.

Now, this clip of B'Stard orating on the EU to a packed audience has re-emerged, and the likeness to the ERG Brexiteers such as Jacob Rees-Mogg is absolutely spot on.

Taking to Twitter, James Melville posted a clip of the video with the caption:

Spookily prophetic words from Alan B’Stard. Here he is in the late 1980’s giving a froth at mouth speech that is straight out of the ERG hard Brexiter playbook.

Opening the speech, Sir B'Stard says:

Everyone in this audience knows in their hearts that England is simply the greatest country in the world.

He then continues:

Why should the nation that produced Shakespeare, Dickens, Christopher Wren, Florence Nightingale, and they're just on our banknotes for Christ's sake, kowtow to the continent that produced Hitler, Napoleon, the Mafia and the, the, the, the, the, Smurfs.

Near the end of the rant, he shoehorns in:

Are we, the victors of El Alamein​, going to allow these, these, these, faceless... people, to sell us into Euroblivion?

Remind you of anyone...? Cough cough.

Many people were quick to note how the sketch perfectly predicted where we are today.

While one summed it up.

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