David Cameron has been making headlines again this week, but this time in the music press.
The British Prime Minister has never been afraid to let the public know his musical preferences, particularly Manchester indie heroes The Smiths. Cameron famously picked the song ‘This Charming Man’ as one of his desert island discs back in 2006; forcing Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to tweet: “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.”
During Wednesdays Prime Ministers Questions, David Cameron decided to tease opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn about the current difficulties he has been experiencing within the Labour party.
Referencing both Corbyn’s entry to the ‘political graveyard’ and his own upcoming departure Cameron stated: “…perhaps I could misquote my favourite man and say ‘let’s meet at the cemetery gates’!” alluding to the 1986 Smiths hit ‘Cemetery Gates’ from ‘The Queen is Dead’ album.
Cameron then cemented his ‘cool dad’ persona by going on to quote lyrics from Smiths song ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’. He seemed to suggest that his and Jeremy Corbyn’s situation was similar to the double suicide referenced in the song stating: “I think the lyrics are ‘If a double decker bus crashes into us, there’s no finer way… than by your side’. I think. I think I’m right in saying.” The actual lyrics to the song’s chorus are: “And if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”.
David Cameron is also said to be a fan of The Killers, REM, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and basically whatever his younger advisors deem to be popular with the general public.
Whether or not David Cameron is truly a fan of The Smiths remains to be seen, but we can definitely expect some pretty angry comments from either Jonny Marr or frontman Morrissey in the next few days.