An inspired video is doing the rounds on the internet combining Monty Python’s Life of Brian with Boris Johnson in the House of Commons to devastating effect.
The prime minister isn’t the most popular person in the UK right now given his decision to enforce Covid restrictions on the UK for Christmas so it's a good excuse to revist this classic.
As Britain seems to be becoming more Pythonesque by the day so the combination makes perfect sense. In the original scene, one of the most iconic from the legendary religious satire, The People’s Liberation Front of Judea are presented with what appears to be a rhetorical question by their leader Reg, played by John Cleese:
"What have the Romans ever done for us?"
Unfortunately for Reg, those listening to the speech respond with the many positive aspects of Roman occupation such as sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a freshwater system, public health and peace.
It’s almost as though the 1979 comic masterpiece has shades of the debate around withdrawal from the European Union.
The video, which combines the audio from the scene with footage of the prime minister in the Commons is a thing of wonder.