Who said this?

I was listening to something a day or so ago, and I came across one of my favorite:

Supreme executive power derives from a mandate of the masses, not from some farcical
aquatic ceremony.

Who said this, and who did he say it to?

If you don’t know the answer, then I despair at the quality of your education. Look
at the comments, where I’m sure somebody will post the answer.

Comments (6)

  1. Kevin Dente says:

    Dennis to King Arthur, Monty Python & the Holy Grail


  2. Kevin Dente says:

    Of course, the problem with mandates from the masses is that sometimes the masses give dumb mandates…ergo the last election. Here’s another quote for you.

    "People eat blood sausage. People are morons".

  3. Gaaah of course! Read it with Michael Palin’s voice and it’s obvious! [slaps forehead]

  4. Ken says:

    Linkman: The place is England. The year is 787.
    Voice: A.D.?
    Linkman: Of course it’s A.D. You don’t have to say it’s A.D. I mean, they didn’t have A.D. written on Letts Schoolboy’s Diary, I mean no one is going to say on new years eve "Welcome to 1988 A.D." It’s 787.
    Voice: An aeroplane?
    Linkman: No, it’s not an aeroplane, it’s 787, the year!
    Voice: B.C. then?
    Linkman: No, it’s not likely to be B.C. anyway. Nothing happened in 787 B.C. Well, not in England. Ah, all right, in Egypt…
    Voice: In Sumeria, then?
    Linkman: …in Sumeria, yes absolutely, but I didn’t say "The place is Sumeria. The year is.." Hang on, hang on, wait, look, we gotta sort this out. This is background, it’s important material, and it’s new, it’s a totally new link, they won’t understand a word of it, you know, if you fade me out now. (fade)