The famous Monty Python Parrot was cleared for work this morning following a work capability assessment interview.

Polly the dead Norwegian Blue ex-parrot was assessed for work at Rochdale job centre and was declared fit despite being bereft of life.

“We’re pretty sure Polly is merely resting or just stunned. Probably just tired and shagged out after a long squawk. Norwegian Blues famously sleep on their backs when they’re pining for the fjords. The lazy sods.” Jack Soffalot, work capability assessor at Rochdale Jobcentre told The Rochdale Herald.

“We can get it back to work if we nail it to the perch. Being dead shouldn’t be a bar to being a productive, tax paying member of society.”

Polly is expected to begin work next week or face sanctions.

Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.