British politics – it is really so, really so, strange.
In the middle of the House of Commons yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Member of Parliament Kerry McCarthy debated the upcoming vote to raise tuition fees using The Smiths' song titles. No, really.
After pointing out that both Morrissey and Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr have banned Cameron from liking their band, McCarthy said, “The Smiths are, of course, the archetypal students’ band. If [Cameron] wins tomorrow night’s vote [on tuition fees], what songs does he think students will be listening to? 'Miserable Lie,' 'I Don’t Owe You Anything' or 'Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now.’”
Without missing a beat, Cameron responded, “I accept that if I turned up I probably wouldn’t get 'This Charming Man' and if I went with the Foreign Secretary [William Hague] it would probably be 'William It Was Really Nothing.'”
Let's let this sink in, shall we? Can you imagine what the response would be if President Obama and the Republicans started battling over tax cuts this way? They could start with Long Island Music Hall of Famer LL Cool J, with Rep. John Boehner starting with “I Can Give You More” and President Obama responding with “I Need Love,” before the rest of the Democrats started screaming, “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Congress, make it happen!
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