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Yesterday I idly tweeted a request for the Monty Python sketches most relevant to development. Great response, uncovering some forgotten gems – turns out Python fans are everywhere, (and they’re not even all men, well not 100% anyway). Too many for one post, so today we’ll do politics. Here are my favourites (with credits where due):

Good governance and accountability (aka anarcho sindicalist v monarchist discourses) [via Emily Barker and others]

Colonial legacy and institutions [aka what have the Romans ever done for us?, via Matt Collin]


And, of course, that essential guide to coalition building, the People’s Front of Judea [via Owen Barder and several others]

And a few near misses

Gender tokenism [via Ian Bray]

Debating with the IMF [Is this a 5m argument or the full half hour?]

Empowerment can be hard work (even for Messiahs)

Next up, economics. In the meantime, for more happy browsing, (not in work hours of course) check out the Python clip website. And of course, if I’ve missed any, please let us know.


    1. Best post ever? Not quite sure how to take that…. Still, at least two more collections in the pipeline, so watch this space.

  1. My favorite – good for self-reflection if again we are bogged down into internal consultations, sign-offs etc – is the “writing a declaration” by the Peoples Front of Judea (or was it the Judea’s Peoples Front?) in an obscure room while at the same time outside Brian is being hanged. (Don’t forget the gender dimension!)

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