John Cleese tweeted as King Charles’s Coronation got underway: “The pledge of allegiance idea would certainly please Donald Trump.
“But, since we no longer live in a feudal society, our pledge of allegiance should be to the Rule of Law, not to an individual.”
John’s post was a divisive one and many took to the comments to share their thoughts.
Nicholas hit back: “Relax. The pledge is a pledge to the King only in his capacity as a proxy for the rule of law and this system of democracy. It’s not a pledge to an individual.”
Another said: “You’re the one introducing Trump into the conversation, John. Respectfully, maybe you should consider if you’re a little too focused on him.”
While Simon commented: “It’s a choice – so everyone can choose what it means to them.”
Nevertheless, some backed John’s sentiment, including Rex who said: “Thank you Mr Cleese for being a voice of wisdom and intelligence. Thanks for all your years of entertainment and thoughtfulness. World is better because of you.”
And Kla added: “Why can’t we rather buy each other a drink instead of this pledge business. Much better.
“People pledge something every time they marry, yet the divorce rate is 42 percent.”
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This is not the first time the Monty Python star has snubbed the Royal Family and has famously turned down numerous honours over the years.
He first rejected a CBE in 1996, calling them “silly” and then declined a life peerage for political services in 1999.
The outgoing leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown, had put forward the suggestion shortly before stepping down, with the idea that Cleese would take the party whip and sit as a working peer.
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