This Fry & Laurie sketch from 1990 predicted the entire Brexit / Remoaner argument
Really, you should watch it, it’s borerline uncanny.
Full transcript if the video is hard to see on mobile
[Hugh walks up to the front desk of the library and speaks to the older female librarian]
HUGH LAURIE: Ahem …
MRS. PERT: Yes?
HUGH LAURIE: Uh, hello, yes. I’ve just been looking for a particular book in the sports section, and it doesn’t seem to be there. It’s by Ted Cunterblast, and I think it’s called “The West Indies: A Nation of Cricketers.”
MRS. PERT: That’ll be in the sports section.
HUGH LAURIE: Uh, yes, I’ve just tried that and it doesn’t seem to be there.
MRS. PERT: Who’s it by?
HUGH LAURIE: Ted Cunterblast.
[she looks through a list]
MRS. PERT: “The West Indies: A Nation of Cricketers” …
HUGH LAURIE: That’s the one.
MRS. PERT: It’s by Ted Cunterblast.
HUGH LAURIE: Yes, yeah, I know that, but have you got it?
MRS. PERT: Well, apparently …
[she reaches behind the counter and hands him a book]
HUGH LAURIE: Oh. Thanks very much …
[he opens the book and finds that several pages have been torn up and ripped out]
HUGH LAURIE: There are some bits missing!
MRS. PERT: Have you read the book before?
HUGH LAURIE: No.
MRS. PERT: Then how do you know there are bits missing?
[a male librarian suddenly emerges from behind the counter]
MR. TWEED: Is there a problem, sir?
HUGH LAURIE: Uh, yes. This book is incomplete.
MR. TWEED: [chuckles] I think not, sir …
HUGH LAURIE: I beg your pardon?
MR. TWEED: What you have in your hand is a copy of “The West Indians: A Nation of Cricketers” by Ted Cunterblast, precisely as it was delivered to us, sir.
MRS. PERT: Well, that’s what I said, I told him that.
HUGH LAURIE: But wait a minute, look at this. Look at this …
[he reads from the book]
HUGH LAURIE: “The West Indies … aren’t … much good … at cricket.”
[he looks at them with incredulity]
HUGH LAURIE: That’s all it says. That’s the whole book.
MR. TWEED: Did you enjoy it, sir?
HUGH LAURIE: No I did not! This book is supposed to contain an account of the last five test series against England. All it says is “The West Indies … aren’t … much good … at cricket.”
MR. TWEED: I envy you, sir. I can never read a book twice.
MRS. PERT: Makes me giddy …
HUGH LAURIE: Well, where’s the rest of it?
MR. TWEED: The rest of what, sir?
HUGH LAURIE: Of this book! Apart from everything else, it isn’t true …
MRS. PERT: Oh ha ha, not true?
MR. TWEED: Isn’t it, sir?
HUGH LAURIE: No, we haven’t won a test series against the West Indies for fourteen years!
MR. TWEED: Now, there I’m afraid I must take issue with you, sir …
MRS. PERT: Oh, go on Mister Tweed, take issue with him!
MR. TWEED: England has not lost a game of cricket since the war …
HUGH LAURIE: I beg your pardon?
MRS. PERT: Even I know that!
MR. TWEED: We do have copies of Winston, if you’d like to check …
HUGH LAURIE: Yes alright, let’s see them! Come on!
MR. TWEED: Misses Pert …
[she reaches behind the counter and hands him a mangled one-leaf pamphlet]
HUGH LAURIE: [reading] “England is great and much better than any other country in … ”
[he turns the pamphlet over]
HUGH LAURIE: “The world.”
MR. TWEED: There. You see?
HUGH LAURIE: This is ridiculous!
MRS. PERT: Oh, it’s ridiculous, is it? It doesn’t agree with his pet theories, so it’s ridiculous!
MR. TWEED: Thank you, Misses Pert. Sir, I am a librarian, but I am also an Englishman. To be blunt, I am an Englishman who merely happens to be a librarian. If, God forbid, the day should come when I would have to choose between being a librarian and being an Englishman …
HUGH LAURIE: Yes yes yes, I think I got the idea. Yeah.
MR. TWEED: Good. Because, may I say that I find your continued efforts to drag down and smear this country of ours to be frankly disgusting.
HUGH LAURIE: I’m not trying to smear and drag down anybody!
MR. TWEED: I suppose you’d rather read books about England losing at cricket than winning, wouldn’t you?
HUGH LAURIE: Well yes, if it’s true …
MR. TWEED: Then I feel sorry for you, sir.
MRS. PERT: He’s a knocker, that’s what he is.
MR. TWEED: I agree with you, Misses Pert.
MRS. PERT: Oh, it’s very easy to knock, isn’t it? You with your snide university ways …
HUGH LAURIE: Snide university?
MRS. PERT: Or wherever it is you went …
MR. TWEED: So often these days, sir, we see – don’t we – these so called clever people who just can’t wait to tear down and destroy …
MRS. PERT: And knock.
MR. TWEED: And knock, yes. But do they ever have anything to put in the place of the things that they destroy? No, it’s wanton destruction–
[as the librarian continues babbling, Hugh turns and address the camera directly]
HUGH LAURIE: Well yes, it’s a bit of an exaggeration, but sometimes you really have to wonder what’s happening to this country, you do …