Beefs, Video — December 9, 2010 at 9:57 am

Video: British PM David Cameron, MP Kerry McCarthy use The Smiths to debate tuition

The ongoing brouhaha over British Prime Minister David Cameron’s liking of The Smiths — something both Morrissey and Johnny Marr, in a rare show of public unity, have forbidden — spilled over onto the floor of Parliament yesterday during the always-entertaining Prime Minister’s Questions.

In the video above (via NME), you’ll see Labour Party MP Kerry McCarthy question Cameron about today’s vote on a controversial tuition increase:

“As someone who claims to be an avid fan of The Smiths, the Prime Minister will no doubt be rather upset this week to hear that both Morrissey and Johnny Marr have banned him from liking them. The Smiths are, of course, the archetypal student band. If he wins tomorrow night’s vote, what songs does he think students will be listening to? ‘Miserable Lie,’ ‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’ or ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’?”

Amid wild laughter, Cameron responds, dropping a few song titles himself: “I expect that 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.'”



  1. Is that “Girl Afraid” or is she “Shakespeare’s Sister?” Maybe she’s “Sheila”, if so she should “take a bow.”Does that “Boy have a Thorn in his side” or is he just a “Sweet and Tender Hooligan?” If he wanted to insult her, he could remind her that “Some Girls are Bigger than Others” but that might cause a “Panic” and she could counter that “Bigmouth strikes again.” Then again, “Barbarism begins at home.” Given the nature of politics, “Is it Really so Strange?”
    Looks like those British students are saying “Please, Please, Please let me get what I want” but Parliament is telling them, “You just haven’t Earned it yet Baby.”
    Speaking of my bad puns and humor, “I know its over” so “Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before.”
    Ok, “That joke isn’t funny anymore” and this thread is going “Nowhere fast” but “What difference does it make?”

  2. I need to hear Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce opine on Cameron before I can make up my mind.

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