Departing British Prime Minister and self-proclaimed fan of The Smiths, David Cameron managed to get his favourite band’s lyrics wrong twice in one Parliamentary sitting.
Cameron has previously publicly declared his love for The Smiths, which led to Labour-supporting guitarist Johnny Marr to later tweet: “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.”
On Wednesday (June 29), during Prime Minister’s Questions, Cameron goaded under-pressure Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by saying: “I’ve never felt greater support from my party and I’m leaving and I’ve never seen an opposition leader with less support and he’s staying.”
He continued: “As someone about to enter the political graveyard perhaps I could misquote my favourite man and say ‘let’s meet at the cemetery gates’!” The actual lyric from 1986’s ‘Cemetry Gates’ is “So I meet you at the cemetry gates”.
Later, he attempted to quote ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ in response to a reference made by Labour’s Kerry McCarthy.
Cameron said the song “actually involves a double suicide,” adding: “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 correct lyrics are: “And if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”.
David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don't. I forbid you to like it.
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) December 2, 2010
Meanwhile, grime MC Novelist has shown support for beleaguered Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by tweeting: “Do not resign. The mandem need you.”