I got to see Monty Python's Flying Circus before most Americans, because I lived in a city that picked up the feed for KERA in Dallas, and they were the first to broadcast Python in America.
A friend, years later, returned from visit to jollye old E. to tell us that the BBC really did read letters from readers on the air, as Python was wont do to, which cast a whole new light on the comedy. I had no idea the Python election night returns which included candidates from the Silly Party, the Very Silly Party, and the Looney Party, were also on point:
Only in Britain...our current Prime Minister, Lord Buckethead and Elmo standing for parliament #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/uLAF0joog1— Sheetal Parmar (@SheetalParmar) June 9, 2017
Yes, the election that crushed Teresa May's hopes of running the board on Brexit (did she not learn from the experience of the guy she replaced?) didn't go far enough to push the Tories aside, so now they have to make common cause with the political children of Ian Paisley (Lordelpus!), which makes matters worse than if she'd won by the 40 points she thought was money in the bank a few months ago. But you have to take the bitter with the sweet, and the fact that Lord Buckethead and Elmo and Howling “Laud” Hope of the Monster Raving Loony Party (no, I am not making that up) proves that England is like the dinosaurs: it exists just to make us all happy.