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    London Is No Longer English

    By kyle | April 22, 2011

    So says John Cleese. Ed Driscoll has much more. When Cleese says “yob culture” now holds sway, he might as well be Peter Hitchens speaking. Yet it’s probably safest, when you’re in Cleese’s class, to keep supporting the parties that make London, and England, decreasingly English. Cleese can afford to move to Bath, what does he care?

    Topics: Europe, Politics | 4 Comments »

    4 Responses to “London Is No Longer English”

    1. KS Says:
      April 23rd, 2011 at 10:57 am

      I believe that John Cleese still has a home in Montecito/Santa Barbara too.

    2. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      April 24th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Cleese is right. I am a Londoner and I hate the place now. I avoid it if I can. The London I knew is a mythic place now, and exists only in my memory.

    3. James Frazier Says:
      April 24th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Forgive my naivete, but what’s happened to London that has sent it downhill? I have some guesses, but really can’t count myself as in the know.

    4. schizuki Says:
      April 27th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Hmm. Didn’t Monty Python savagely mock traditional British culture?