One would imagine that Eric Idle, one-sixth of beloved comedy troupe Monty Python, and John Major, Prime Minister of the UK from 1990 to 1996, have nothing in common – but you would be wrong, for both Idle and Major were born on the same day: March 29th, 1943. In 1993, as their 50th birthdays approached, Eric Idle took the opportunity to send the Prime Minister a brief letter.
The Rt.Hon. John Major M.P.
10 Downing Street
12th January 1993
Dear John Major,
On the 29th March you and I will both be fifty.
Has it ever occurred to you that, but for a twist of fate, I should be Prime Minister and you could have been the Man in the Nudge Nudge sketch from Monty Python?
I hope you don’t feel too disappointed,Happy birthday anyway,Eric Idle