Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The PM's Pop Culture Makes Us Cringe Now

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The PM's Pop Culture Makes Us Cringe Now

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Byline: Richard Godwin

[bar] HEN David Cameron first declared his love for The Killers, it seemed like evidence of the common touch. While Gordon Brown could not name his favourite biscuit without convening a focus group, Cameron seemed to be genuinely in touch. Yes, he does seem like someone who'd tap his steering wheel, singing "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier", we thought. Only I'm a little troubled by the latest dispatches from the PM's pop culture cupboard.

Cameron has complained before of his "Angry Birds addiction", which many assumed was another winningly un-PC reference to Louise Mensch and Theresa May. He was actually referring to the popular video game, which he has now completed, he told the Sunday Telegraph. Now he has moved on to a game called Fruit Ninja, he disclosed.

David Cameron is 45.

Perhaps even more disquieting is the news that our Prime Minister is a fan of Lana Del Rey. The glamorous young New Yorker was, until Sunday at least, everyone's favourite new singer. Now her spellbinding ballad Video Games will forever conjure Samantha pleading with David to stop playing Fruit Ninja and show her some attention.

"It's you, it's you, it's all for you," she moons, draping herself over the Oka settee. "Not now, babes," he responds, trying to slice a watermelon open with a pixelated samurai sword.

It's hard to know who these insights are supposed to impress. …

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