The Revocation of Indpendence as executed by Alan Baxter & Peter Rieden, 8th Nov 2000, apparently inspired by an email sent by Dan Fox (who claims to be the "ultimate originator") or Kevin O'Connor (who also claims to be the "ultimate originator"). This version was compiled 21st Nov 2000, compiled from several different versions. Early drafts, showing how it grew, are further down. Responses and related pieces are also included further down. Important note: The "Revocation of Independence" is NOT by John Cleese. During 2005, a version was wrongly attributed to him and was circulated crediting Cleese as the author. He did not write it. It was present on Usenet and the Internet long before his name became associated with it.