‘I don’t mind dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.’
Spike Milligan is dead. From The Guardian:
- Born in India on April 16, 1918, Milligan was 16 when he was brought to Britain.
His Irish father was an army captain, and Spike adopted his nationality after immigration laws declared him “stateless” in 1960, even though he had spent seven years as a gunner on active service in the British Army.
He obstinately refused to take the oath of allegiance which stood between him and a British passport. Prince Charles pointed out to him that even he had to swear the oath and urged him to think again.
“Yes, but it’s your mother isn’t it? You don’t get board and lodging at Buckingham Palace if you don’t swear an oath,” he told the prince.