The backlash against Leave.EU’s revolting tweet reveals our growing maturity‘I wonder if Kenan Malik is clear that the ‘Don’t mention the war’ episode of Fawlty Towers is intended to make fun of the British obsession with the Second World War that he criticises?” So wrote an irate John Cleese to the Independent in 1992 in response to an early op-ed of mine on British perceptions of racism in Germany. Yes, I was clear that Cleese had been satirising the British obsession – and brilliantly – but my mention of that Fawlty Towers episode was no doubt clumsy enough to draw Cleese’s ire.

I thought about that letter, and that episode of Fawlty Towers, after the infamous Leave.EU tweet last week. “We didn’t win two world wars to be pushed around by Krauts,” it snorted, in response to Angela Merkel’s supposed demand, in a telephone conversation with Boris Johnson, that Northern Ireland must “forever” stay within the EU customs union.

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