Canberra Times "borrows" ACM's "Dead Parrot" reference

You will recall on 26 May, I compared the ETS to the dead parrot in the Monty Python skit (“ETS not dead, just pining for the fjords“). Seems the Canberra Times have “coincidentally” come up with the same idea three days later, complete with cartoon…

The political debate on emissions trading is a bit like Monty Python’s ”Dead Parrot” sketch. The hapless customer (John Cleese) complains that his recently purchased Norwegian blue has joined the choir invisible, shuffled off its mortal coil, its metabolic processes are history. The pet shopkeeper (Michael Palin) disagrees. The bird is merely resting, stunned, tired after a prolonged squawk or perhaps pining for the fjords.

Coincidence? You decide. Ironic, really, considering the Canberra Times is one of the most alarmist media organisations in Australia (part of Fairfax) – surely they don’t read a “denier” blog like ACM? An email to the Canberra Times seeking clarification has been sent.

Read it here.


  1. papertiger says:

    Shhh (with finger pressed to lips).Someone from the Canberra Times is reading ACM.That’s a good thing.I know the bird has already left the roost, but if you make a stink, raising the dreaded “P” word, maybe there won’t be.That would be a bad thing.THe question is did the bird leave under it’s own power, or did an editor pry up the nail?

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