Gove was reportedly fumbling 'for quite a while' to get song to stop playing
Michael Gove MP has been ousted as a Beyonce fan after his new smartwatch blared out a song by the pop singer in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.
The incident, which took place last week, led to the chief whip being told off by David Cameron after he fumbled “for quite a while” to get the noise to stop, the Telegraph reports. It was originally assumed by onlookers that the sound was a ringtone on Gove’s mobile phone – which are banned from such meetings on security grounds – but Gove’s journalist wife Sarah Vine has now set the record straight.
In her newspaper column, Vine disclosed that the tune was in fact “Beyonce’s latest ouvre” and was mistakenly played out because her husband had yet to learn to use his new Pebble watch, which she had bought him for Christmas. “Despite its unprepossessing appearance, the Pebble is quite a powerful little thing,” Vine wrote. “Not only can it tell the time, it can also pick up emails and text messages, screen calls, check the weather and, I’m told, control the boiler. Oh, and it can also play music. The trouble is that it takes a bit of getting used to. For if you press the wrong button, things can go disastrously wrong.
“And so it was that just as the Chancellor of the Exchequer was explaining a particularly complex piece of fiscal policy to Her Majesty’s assembled Cabinet, my husband mistakenly instructed his watch to play Beyonce’s latest oeuvre.”
She added: “Try as he might, he simply could not silence her warblings. The more buttons he pressed, the more effusive she got. Eventually, he managed to switch her off, but not before he had received a stern reprimand from the Prime Minister himself.”
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that David Cameron had been presented with a limited edition Salford Lads Club T-shirt featuring a photo of the Smiths. The gift prompted the Prime Minister to quote his favourite band as he said thank you, commenting: “You have made my day. Thank you very much, there is a light that never goes out.”