UK Has Art, Literature and, er, Niall Horan?- Cameron
VLADIMIR Putin apparently called Britain a 'small island no one listens to' - and now David Cameron has responded with a riposte, dragging Niall Horan into the diplomatic tiff for good measure.
The British prime minister, speaking at the G20 in St Petersburg, dismissed the Russian premier's remarks - attributed to his official spokesman - and instead reeled off a long list of Britain's achievements, even citing the Mullingar singer's band One Direction as an example of British dominance.
The summit descended into acrimony as Russia was accused of mocking the UK's size and influence, and boasted that Soviet oligarchs had 'bought Chelsea'.
As Downing Street called on the Russians to 'reflect' on what had been said, the Kremlin attempted to deny any such remarks had ever been uttered.
But that apparently failed to satisfy Mr Cameron, who said Britain could stand taller in the world than the former Soviet Union.
And included in his defence of his country he noted: 'Our music delights and amuses millions, The Beatles, Elgar and slightly less er... congruously, One Direction have conquered the world.' It's unclear if Horan was aware that he was indirectly mentioned in the international squabble - but he certainly made his allegiance clear on Twitter last night, posting a picture of himself in an Ireland jersey at the Aviva Stadium for the Ireland versus Sweden game with the caption, 'Guess where I'm from? …