Where the Archduke Got Shot

This was a piece I posted to tumblr some time earlier this year (January 2014 to be precise).  That darling of the right, former Education Secretary Michael “Whatever! I do what I want! Oh dear I’ve been sacked” Gove had decided to level his debatable guns on the ever-so-cunning Blackadder Goes Forth.  (Read more in a piece by David Mitchell [comedian/actor, not the writer] here if you need the context – it doesn’t really matter to the story below though).  It reminded me of a tale from my distant past…