During the interview, John said this:
"I'm not sure what's going on in Britain… I don't know what's going on in London. Because LONDON IS NO LONGER AN ENGLISH CITY and that's how they got the Olympics. I mean, they said, ‘We're the most cosmopolitan city on Earth,’ but it doesn't feel English.John may be seen saying what he says here towards the end of the video below.
I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walk down the Kings Road and said to me, ‘Well, where are all the English people?’… When the parent culture kind of dissipates, you're left thinking, well, 'what's going on'?”
Earlier in 2011, Cleese said this:
“I love being down in Bath because it feels like the England I grew up in.”UKIP leader Nigel Farage responded to Cleese’s reflections thus.
“John Cleese has said what an increasing number of people in London are thinking… People do seem to be feeling that they are becoming foreigners in their own land.
What makes these comments even more surprising is that Mr Cleese is a well known Liberal Democrat supporter, having starred in their party political broadcasts.”I wonder, John, do you really not know what’s been 'going on?' Do you have no clue at all as to your own responsibility for the fact that 'London is no longer an English city?' Do you not understand that it was treacherous, officially-sanctioned, foreigner-first Lib Dem and Labour attitudes, actions and policy that led to both the 'dissipation' of England’s 'parent culture' and to American tourists wondering where 'all the English people' had gone?
You are a great comedian, John, and, outside of the comedy, you invariably come across as an intelligent and thoughtful man. But, boy-oh-boy, as regards the real world that most the English have been forced to endure for more than forty years now, you appear to be one hell of a short-sighted and philosophically vacant airhead.
Alp Mehmet, vice-chairman of MigrationWatch, subsequently said this:
“London has of course changed hugely in recent years. He is also not the first to point to the failures of multiculturalism, the Prime Minister has said much the same thing.Thanks for the stating the obvious and all that, Alp, but, if you, a bloke whose ancestors originated elsewhere on the planet can say this, how do you think we feel?
London is not the city i knew as a child and it saddens me that many of the unwelcome developments have largely been the result of mass and rapid migration.”
In the interview, John also said this:
“And then, we have of course the worst press in the world, you know, instigated by a countryman of yours. And their standards just go down and down and down. They no longer even care whether the story's right. They just make sure it isn't actionable. And that doesn't improve one's quality of life…Well said, John. A bit late mind. A bit too long after the Australian-American press Baron bolted so to speak. But honest comment bluntly stated from the happy, shiny people who live on the Big Rock Candy Mountain surrounded by fluffy, pink clouds, is always welcome. Seeing as the sheeple actually pay attention to what their shiny icons have to say.
They had it coming to them and i hope it goes on coming to them. Not that it's just the Murdoch people. I mean, The Daily Mail, papers like that, I think it's coming to them too."
“English television from the Fifties to the Nineties was the least bad in the world and now it's just as bad as it is anywhere…Cleese, who has been married three times, got turned over by his third wife. It was his £12.5 million settlement with US psychotherapist, Alyce Faye Eichelberger, which forced him out of retirement.
I really don’t want to work for the BBC any more, I feel that strongly about it. But the alimony is one million dollars a year. That’s a lot.”
When he met her in 1990 she was living in a third floor council flat in London with two sons by previous husband, the golfer, Dave Eichelberger. After the divorce was finalised, Cleese said:
"I got off lightly. Think what I’d have had to pay Alyce if she had contributed anything to the relationship, such as children, or a conversation."You’ve got this thing for North American females, John.
Perhaps you'd have been better off sticking with your own?