John Oliver Goes Full Love Actually to Protest Scottish Independence
Here’s a story for which John Oliver is uniquely qualified to cover: the Scottish Independence movement. As an Englishman, Oliver spent most of Sunday’s Last Week Tonight breaking down the unusually polite campaigns for and against a break of Scotland from the UK and ultimately made his case for unity as only someone who has watched too many British romantic comedies could.
Over the course of the show’s main segment, Oliver looked at the rival political operations, including the “Better Together” campaign’s slogan, “No thanks.” As the host said, “‘No thanks’ is a violently British way to refuse something. That is just one step away from ‘Oh, I couldn’t possibly.'”
Later, Oliver turned to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s feeble attempts to keep the United Kingdom united. “He embodies all of the things I hate most about England,” Oliver said of Cameron, “and I’m English!” Showing a particularly damning photo of Cameron at Oxford, he added, “That is the face of a man who fast-forwards through the servant parts of Downton Abbey.”
Finally, Oliver decided to make his case for Scotland staying with the UK using the kind of grand, sweeping, romantic gesture found in films like Love Actually. Surrounded by bagpipe players and Scotland’s inexplicable official animal, the unicorn, Oliver used written placards to plead, “Don’t go, Scotland!”
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