Lyrical Dave – PM’s union speech packed with song lyrics

7 February 2014

David Cameron’s speech on the union this morning prompted many questions. Why was he in London? Why were there so many empty seats in the Olympic velodrome? Etc, etc, etc. But Mr Steerpike wants to know why the speech was peppered with song lyrics. ‘We don’t walk on by,’ said Dave – unlike Dionne Warwick. The ‘North Sea’ is, apparently, ‘a light that never goes out’ – now we know what The Smiths were warbling about.

Gordon Brown once professed his love for the Arctic Monkeys. It seems that his successor has got hold of the band’s fourth album, which contains the song ‘Brick by Brick’:

‘And we built it together. Brick by brick. Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland. Brick by brick.’


Cameron then told us: ‘The outcome is still up in the air’, which he could have sung to the tune of ‘Thirty Seconds to Mars’. And his conclusion – ‘we want you to stay’ – would have been more emphatic if they had used Rihanna’s version of the same words?

The England football team used to have bets on how many lyrics they could slip in to World Cup interviews. Surely the union is too important a subject for such shenanigans?

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  • grasmithy

    you wont get me Im part of he union springs to mind

  • Manny Brown

    Cameron continued – first I was afraid , I was petrified , kept thinking I could never live without you by my side , but then I realised Labour would be 41 MPs worse off and I thought – ok see ya.

  • BarkingAtTreehuggers

    No it isn’t – that’s the point. The PM cannot be seen actively endorsing a break up (although that is in his interest) – that would be treason. Citizen’s arrest anyone?

  • asalord
  • Daniel Maris

    “We built it” is one way of putting it I suppose – but the Welsh and Irish might rephrase it as “We invaded it bit by bit”.

    • therealguyfaux

      And Barack Obama would tell him, “YOU didn’t build that…”

  • asalord

    “But I would walk five hundred miles
    And I would walk five hundred more
    Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles…”
    To evade a debate with Scotland’s First Minister.

  • gelert

    “Brick by brick.”

    Northern Ireland is the rump of a country that was pillaged for centuries by England. Wales was annexed by Henry 8th. Only Scotland joined and that to avert national bankruptcy.

    • Mynydd

      No it was England annexed to Wales the Tudor Royal family were Welsh .Hendry Tudor (Hendry VII) defeated the house of York’s King at Bosworth Fields thereby bring England under the control of the Welsh. Hendry VIII confirmed this when the Union of England to Wales was signed.

      • gelert

        Better stay off the mead, Mynydd 😉

    • MarkAustin

      Scotland wasn’t bankrupted by the Darien fiasco. A number of lowland Scottish lords were threatened by personal bankruptcy, and were bribed by the British government into forcing through the Act of Union of Parliaments.

      • Jambo25

        Not worthwhile in making the point, Mark. It doesn’t matter how often its repeated or how true it is (and it is true) a lot of people simply won’t believe it as it doesn’t fit in with the ‘poor, subsidised Scotland’ trope. Its the same as those in England who still don’t realise that Ireland has higher living standards.

    • andagain

      As I recall, King James of Scotland became King of England after the death of Queen Elizabeth I. Does that mean England was conquored by Scotland…

      • mightymark

        The point is surely that “nationalism” a we know it today is a fairly recent phenomenon and at the time dynasties and empires were what mattered. That meant you could be born a native of “country” X be married to someone from “country” Y and wake up the next day head of empire Z.

        Thus Culloden for example was fought not between Scotland and England but between a Stuart pretender raised mainly in an Italy that of course, did not exist as such, and the second generation German (Germany did not exists as such either) duke.

        • andagain

          This may be true, but if people insist on believing otherwise, I think its quite entertaining to take them seriously, and see where it leads you.

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