FANS OF MONTY Python will recall the famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch in which four now-wealthy characters try to outdo each other in describing the squalor of their working class origins. Within seconds the conversation descends (or ascends in terms of comedy) into surreality: “We never ‘ad a cup. We used to drink out of a rolled-up newspaper,” etc. Anyone who has been involved in any Labour or left wing politics will have experienced this activity.
Source: The Fortnightly Review.