And Finally

Cameron v Smiths spills over into parliament

By | Published on Thursday 9 December 2010

I’m sure when Johnny Marr tweeted last week: “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it”, he didn’t expect us to still be talking about it a week later. It was only a joke, after all.

But after some people failed to get the joke, and complained that Marr was acting like a spoilt child and is not allowed to choose his fans, Morrissey came to his defence, saying that he doesn’t like Cameron much either. Now Labour MP Kerry McCarthy has got in on the act.

During Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, and ahead of today’s vote on whether to saddle future university students with even greater debts for increasingly meaningless degrees or not, McCarthy asked the Conservative leader: “The Smiths are, of course, the archetypal student band. If you win tomorrow night’s vote, what songs do you think students will be listening to? ‘Miserable Lie’, ‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’, or ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’?”

Cameron shot back: “If I turned up, I probably wouldn’t get ‘This Charming Man’, and if I went with the Foreign Secretary [William Hague], it would probably be ‘William, It Was Really Nothing'”. Which might have been mildly impressive if questions for the session weren’t submitted in advance.

This morning, Marr got back in on the action, attempting (or perhaps not) to calm the situation, writing: “Dear Lord, please forgive me for making fun of the government. They are really nice and doth be very kind to poor people and students … Oh, and also their fans doth have a brilliant sense of humour. Thank you. Amen”.

Lucky no one noticed that over the weekend he also tweeted: “Nick Clegg, hand over your iPod…”