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New Labour 'as dead as Monty Python parrot'

11th September 2009

One of the bosses of Britain's biggest union has compared the New Labour government to the dead parrot sketch starring Monty Python duo Michael Palin and John Cleese.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Unite joint general-secretary Derek Simpson called on Labour to ditch its Third Way ideals, referring to the New Labour route to the next election as suicide.

He told the newspaper: 'New Labour is dead. It's like the parrot in Monty Python.

'Anybody who is going to take over and lead us down that path is taking us to certain defeat.'

In the iconic comedy sketch, shopkeeper Michael Palin attempts to convince new parrot owner John Cleese that the animal he has been sold is not dead, but is instead 'tired following a prolonged squawk' or 'pining for the fjords'.

Michael Palin will be signing copies of his latest book, Halfway to Hollywood, at Foyles, St Pancras on September 17th.

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