By Jeremy Lewis. revised 5 Jan. 2016 with links to Yes, Prime Minister
British Politics Links|UK election '10 | P.M. Tony Blair |Blair, spoofs |Gordon Brown |
Labour Party, UK|Conservative Party, UK | Scottish Nat't Party, UK|
Churchill and Chamberlain | Enoch Powell
Monty Python sketches | British commercial ads | British military videos | British Politics Tour
BBC Video: comedy drama series, Yes, Prime Minister
YouTube videos of PM's Question Time
British election 6 May 2010: BBC | BBC Vote/Seat calculator |How does the UK election system work, and how big a vote margin would it take for the Conservatives to "win"?Parties and Press:
Which regions favor each party?
Which recent election was the fairest?
Should seats be proportionate to votes at all?
Parties' sites: Cons | Lab | Lib Dems | Plaid | Scot Nats | UKIP | BNP| Greens
Party profiles (BBC): Cons | Lab | Lib Dems | Plaid | Scot Nats | UKIP | BNP | Greens
Manifestoes: Cons | Lab | Lib Dems | Plaid | Scot Nats | UKIP | BNP | Greens
election announcement for 6 May 2010 (BBC) | Remembering 1974 hung Parliament (BBC video)
What chance is there of a hung Parliament -- and would it cause a crisis?
Jo Coburn explains PM choice in hung Parliament (BBC video)
First televised election debate in UK: party leaders, 15 April 2010
Cleggomania from First British TV debate: Huffington Post | CNN column
Election Briefing: Lecture notes | Marginal seats, 538 blog | Schott, NY Times
YouTube videos of British Politics:
** DowningSt, "PM congratulates Sarkozy on French election win" (official, speech to camera, finding common goals, 7 May 2007)Tony Blair, spoofs and comedy
UKLabourParty, "Tony Blair to step down as leader of the Labour Party" (goodbye speech in constituency, 18 mins.)
* rx2008, "Should I stay or should I go?" (lip synched)Top of Page
* cjweeks, "Bush Blair Endless Love" (lip synched)
** BBC via spinalinjury, "Tony Blair Meets Catherine Tate - Comic Relief" (BBC comedysketch from red nose day)
comedyconn, "Bush and Blair Play The Weakest Link" seemingly from BBC Four,
lewykrew, "george bush and tony blair- gay bar" (not as well lip synched)
gianmarini, "George Bush and Tony Blair do "you're beautiful"" (very limited animation, to James Blunt's song, probably worth only a few seconds)
molchmaster, "George W. Bush loves Tony Blair" (failed to load)
bloggerheads, "Goodbye, Tony Blair" (animation to song, in tradition of JibJab)
BBC via rachael14, "David Tennant and Catherine Tate sketch" (BBC: Scottish teacher rejected by schoolgirl for teaching English)
UKLabourParty, "Labour's Gordon Brown speaks to the National Policy Forum" (standup speech to conference, 34 mins)Labour Party, UK
UKLabourParty, "Gordon Brown - Leader of the Labour Party" (standup acceptance speech to party conference, 34 mins)
UKLabourParty, "Gordon Brown speaks to the Young Labour husting in Oxford" (standup acceptance speech to party conference, 16 mins)
UKLabourParty, "Harriet Harman - Labour's Deputy Leader" (standup acceptance speech to party conference '07, 12 mins)Top of Page
UKLabourParty, "Labour's YouTube husting" (party leadership candidates '07 answering questions from YouTube users, 25 mins)
UKLabourParty, "Deputy Candidates debate: the Democrats Presidential nominees" (party leadership candidates '07 answering questions from YouTube users, 25 mins)
** Conservative Party, via salaris, "Conservative Party Election Broadcast" (by David Cameron, in front of bridge, 2006, before local elections, emphasizes environmentalism)
** BBC, via tizz66, "Not The 9 O'Clock News - Conservative Conference" (Rowan Atkinson's spoof speech, 2006, trying not to be intolerant of immigrants or criminals, only 3 mins)
* Conservative Party UK via cadam021, "Conservative Party (UK) 2004 Election Spot" (May '04, claims Blair has not fulfilled his promises, promotes Michael Howard)
* Conservative Party UK via cadam021, "Conservative Party (UK) 2004 Election Spot" (May '04, shows ordinary people shoosing Cons for various reasons.)
Conservative Party UK via damienmulley, "UK Conservative Fake Ad from Channel4" (understated, new age style, teachers in riot gear, No Go area in town) "Channel4 had fake ads created in the run-up to the UK elections in 2005. Song is "As you fall" by the band "Bent"."
News, via wolfy11232, "EuroNews - Victory for Scottish nationalists", "Voters in Scotland have made the Scottish National Party the country's biggest Parliamentary party. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party had held that position for 50 years prior to Thursday's elections. The SNP wants a referendum on independence from the UK, but ... Coalition talks may be tough: 65 seats are needed to govern, leaving the SNP 18 short. ... The Labour Party also lost seats in England and, to a lesser extent, Wales...." (2007)
BBC News via PeterDow, "Scottish Elections - Royalist fascist Salmond" Peter Dow on phone-in, from BBC morning extra. Alex Salmond, Nat MP, reveals was expelled from Commons for interrupting budget speech.
FreeScotlandNow, "Scottish Elections May 2007 - Expect lies!" "The elections to the Scottish Parliament in May 2007 will give the opportunity to vote for Scottish independence but we can expect the usual blatant propoganda and lies from London Labour and Tony Blair. This video explodes some myths." (Nationalist Protest, slideshow of images of politicians and captions, set to music, 5 mins).
pax681, "10 Good Reasons! for Scottish Independence" (Nationalist Protest, slideshow of images of politicians and captions, set to music, 5 mins).
FreeScotlandNow, "Scottish Independence Guide presents Think About It..." (Nationalist Protest, slideshow of images of politicians and captions, set to music, 5 mins).
* Craig Ferguson (comedy), via CBS, "Memories of 70s Scottish Porn" (Craig Ferguson (TVcomedy); relax, the point is that Scotland is too conservative a culture to actually have porn.)
Winston Churchill's wartime speeches to the House of Commons, and radio addresses, on Youtube
[Note they were delivered to the Commons or to radio originally in 1939-45, then re-recorded in Decca studios in 1949. The originals, although suffering from hiss and pops, were delivered in livelier fashion.]
A miracle of deliverance ... we shall fight them on the beaches ... (after Dunkirk, 10')
Their Finest Hour
Churchill's famous speech delivered on June 18th 1940:"What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."Compilation of BBC radio recordings of original wartime speeches, [livelier than 1949 re-recordings in studio]
1 (8') | 2 | 3 | 4
Iron Curtain speech at Westminster College in Fulton, MO (1')
Enoch Powell, Rivers of Blood Speech, to West Midlands Conservative Centre, 1968, against the Race Relations Act, 23'Top of Page
Denys Blakeway, Rivers of Blood, retrospective documentary, Part 1, BBC, 2008. | Highlights (From Michael Graham, "Enoch Was Right" comment appended)
Powell, a brilliant Cambridge linguist, a WW2 war hero in intelligence; an MP from the West Midlands ["Black country", though not a reference to race], was a popular debater on TV, a maverick, nationalist, Conservative minister who wanted to withdraw the UK from Empire once India was given Independence, and welcomed Indian health professionals - and yet argued for curtailing immigration. (He was sacked as shadow minister and never again held high office.) In 1970 he called on voters, in a narrow election, to vote against his own Conservative party and PM Ted Heath - and a minority Labour government was elected. Later, he returned as a Unionist MP for Ulster.
- WIll "the black man have the whip hand over the white man"?
- There will be 3.5 M commonwealth immigrants, 5-7 M by 2000 (at 4')
- "Like the Roman [poet Virgil], I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood'." (at 22'30")
[warning, may be followed by modern comments that some find offensive]
Monty Python sketches
Monty Python's Ministry of Silly WalksYouTube videos on British Life and Popular Culture:
Airline Pilots sketch, Monty Python, 3'
Monty Python's self defense against fruit
Monty Python's Wish to Report a Burglary -- need for bureaucrats to listen to clients
Office sketch: John Cleese and Eric Idle as 2 office clerks watching their colleagues falling out of a window, 1'28"
Office sketch: watching colleagues fall past window
Fish License sketch
Monty Python: International Hairdressers' Everest
Hell's Grannies (follows 'full frontal')
Kamikaze Scotsmen and No Time to Lose
Hungarian Phrasebook and Courtroom Scene
Italian language lesson, Monty Python, 2'20"
Traditional Bavarian Restaurant
Fish slapping dance
Interview for Management Training Course
Upper class sitting room, 'Woody' conversation
Cheese Shop sketch
Almost anything on Top Gear : Top Gear is a hugely popular and funny TV program for car enthusiasts.There are plenty of other 5-star videos from this program on YouTube)Top of Page
James May, Ken Block race Ricky Carmichael (BBC Top Gear S13 E03, Video of James May in Rally car with Ken Block racing Ricky Carmichael on scrambler bike, around a US desert airport.Almost any Monty Python comedy sketch. Monty Python's Flying Circus was an offbeat comedy program in the 1970s. (Expect that these videos are grainy after conversion from the old British video system to the modern US system.) Search first for the Dead parrot sketch or the Lumberjack song.
Any sketch by The Two Ronnies, comedy duo in the 1970s and 1980sThe classic sketch on the three social classes (John Cleese and the Two Ronnies), about 1971, 2'The deferential culture in UK: challenges from Freedom of Information and mass leaks worldwide
Updated sketch for 2000's New Labour Man, with Stephen Fry, 3'
Julian Assange, "Why the world needs WikiLeaks," Ted talk, 2010, 19'
See "Heather Brooke, "My Battle to Expose Government Corruption," TED talk, 18'
British commercial adsT-Mobile dance advert at Liverpool St. Station, Jan 2009.
Making of dance ad
Cadbury's Dairy Milk ad, dancing eyebrows
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SBS at Mazur al sharif, regaining fort at Qala-i-janghi in Afghan warWars in Iraq, 1991 and operations in the Persian Gulf later
Fortress uprising at same location, shows broader view of Afghan forces
Royal marines in Afghan, helmet cam, marine shot in arse (f-word used repeatedly)
British royal marines ambushed in Helmand, Afghanistan, professional documentary video
Afghanistan: Battle in Helmand Province
Paras v Taliban
Our War, 1 of 3, Into the Hornets Nest, 2 Duke of Lancasters Regt into Helmand to provoke Taliban to fight away from road being built. BBC, 2012. Compiled from helmet cams and photos taken by troops, directed by Katharine English. 58'
Our War 2, Return to Death Valley, 58'. Mercian Regt
Our War 3, The Lost Platoon
Commando On the Front Line, 8 part series, both training and fighting in Afghan, by Chris Terrill
National Geographic Restreppo (entire film) British filmmaker, American journalist
HMS Brilliant 1996 Part 1 | Part 2 - women are integrated into naval frigate for the first timeRugby Football
The Perishers, about the submarine skippers' training and selection course, (unable to find it on YouTube)
The Paras parachute regiment training and selection course (but unable to find it on YouTube)
Mick Skinner, Nightmare Rugby (great mistakes in matches)
RBS 6 Nations channel, has excellent, brief highlights of matches and compilations of best tries
Shane Williams farewell documentary (tiny but top rugby player, 28')
Referee Nigel Owens tells off 30 grown men
Our House of Commons tour was again graciously hosted by Sandra Gidley, MP for Romsey, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for women and the elderly -- and the only pharmacist in the House. In Jan. '04 she also secured us Question Time tickets and held a seminar in the committee rooms.British political scientists, guest speakers on British study tour, 2006:Gidley's official web pages (SandraGidley.org)Andrew Turner, MP (Con- Isle of Wight); graciously offered to speak to us on the afternoon of Mon 10 May, '06. involved in education and research for the Conservative Party, elected 2001. City councillor for 17 years, taking an especial interest in housing and highways. Former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party; and Shadow Minister for Charities. (Also classmate of Dr. Lewis's at Keble College, Oxford.)
Proxy Gidleywatch blog about Sandra Gidley
Gidley's own blog in response to Gidleywatch: RomseyRedHeadBlog
Gidley's profile at They Work for You
Constituency & (marginal seat) electoral record at Guardian (& see Legalize cannabis vote)
Liberal Democrats party websiteHis official web site at http://www.islandmp.org/Tony Wright, MP, author (Lab.- Cannock Chase). | Biogaphy | Publications. Dr. Wright, a former university lecturer, and active author, also kindly conducted a seminar with us in the committee rooms of the House of Commons in Jan. '04.
Conservatives' profile at http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&personID=4847
Profile at They Work for YouTony Wright's profile at They Work For You | speech on reform of Honours system, March '06House of Commons Constituency Locator.
Tony Wright's electoral record at the Guardian (& see Loony party vote)
Terrorism in UK links
Documentary Films (some inserted, only where equipment and time permit)Top of PageCNN, Christiane Amanpour, The War Within ["Londonistan"]The Troubles in Northern Ireland. [PPT, large] [HTML slides]
PBS, The Bomb Squad (London)]How has conflict been rooted in Irish society via religion, ethnicity and colonialism?
How did Ireland achieve independence and partition?
Why did the troubles in N. Ireland flare up in 1969 after 50 years of relative peace?
What responses to terrorism are permissible in a democracy?
Should a democracy negotiate with terrorists where it cannot defeat them?
How did the Good Friday peace agreement seek to control the conflict?
What are the prospects for a functioning local democracy in N. Ireland /Ulster?
The Grand Design. (Nuclear-free defense strategy)Top of Page
- How does PM Jim Hacker absorb and develop policy ideas?
- How does Sir Humphrey react to Hacker's innovations?
Yes, Prime Minister, nuclear deterrence strategy scene from The Grand Design (BBC TV, 3').
Longer version including national service as a solution (5')
- What are the paradoxes of nuclear strategy?
- What are the advantages of increasing conventional forces, and the merits of conscription?
The Ministerial Broadcast
- How should a politician appear on television?
- How far should a politician cater to the needs of television?
The Smoke Screen (the plan to abolish smoking)
- How does a policy innovation upset a lobby?
- What is the role of the civil service in reacting to innovative ideas?
Satire on realism and idealism in the EEC: Yes, Minister explains the EEC (BBC TV, 4')
Yes Prime Minister, Leading questions scene about opinion polling (BBC TV, 2')
Yes Prime Minister on the Arabs and Israel (BBC TV, 2')
Yes Prime Minister S02E04 - A Conflict of Interest (BBC TV, 30')