David Cameron on Miley Cyrus: 'My kids haven't connected lovely Hannah Montana with this person twerking'

Plus other embarrassing pop musings from the Prime Minister

Always late to the party, but arriving none-the-less, David Cameron has become the latest person of note to to wade in on the great Miley Cyrus debate.

However, the Prime Minister was discussing the listening habits of his two children ˗ Nancy, nine, and Florence, three - and not, in fact, what is currently on shuffle on the No.10 iPod (that’s Babel by Mumford & Sons and First Aid Kit, apparently).

David Cameron Becomes Catalogue Man In Comically Staged Shoot

Nodding to her ‘fall’ from wholesome TV character grace in an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Cameron said that he is thankful that his kids are too young to remember her as the flaxen-haired carrier of notebooks and perennial applier of lip gloss she once was.

"Luckily they haven't connected this lovely Hannah Montana, who is now this person twerking," he said.

But they’re not too young, he pointed out, to pick up bad language from pop music. Just like dad, who famously blasted Lily Allen’s carefree utilisation of the ‘f-bomb’, they too disapprove of swearing.

 

"They say, 'Daddy, that's the bad this or that word'. They are very conscious of that and they don't approve of swearing.

"They are quite right - the artists are wrong to swear, although I can't say I totally live by those rules myself."

When they’re allowed to listen to pop music and are not being forced to sit through hours of nature documentaries, that is.

"I try to get them away from the Disney channels to watch nature programmes," he said. "We try to limit screen time. We have rules. At the weekend: no television in the morning.

PMs And Prudes: What If David Cameron Had An Affair?

"We don't do morning TV - they should be doing something."

As if sensing how heinously uncool he’d just made himself sound, Cameron decided to employ every politician’s favourite trick – appearing ‘down with the kids’ by admitting to being a fan of a reasonably current band. And then upping the cringe-factor by confessing to having gate-crashed one of their shows recently.

"There's quite a good way of sneaking in there," he said of that time he broke into the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to catch his 'fave' sister act First Aid Kit undetected. And it wasn’t the first time he’d done it, either.

"I've got into a bit of a countryish thing," he added.

During the same interview, he also took a swipe at Jeremy Paxman with the back-handed  conclusion that "Jan Morris' book was much better" than the Newsnight presenter’s was.

He also shared his views on World War One. But no-one cared because they were all too busy talking about Miley Cyrus. Again.

Read More:

David Cameron Is 'So Out Of Touch It's Untrue', Says Radio Broadcaster
Why David Cameron Was Accused Of Being A 'Nimby'
David Cameron's Priorities For 2014: Keeping The Bald Spot Under Control
Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

COO / Chief Operating Officer

£80 - 100k + Bonus: Guru Careers: A COO / Chief Operating Officer is needed to...

HR Manager - Kent - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...

HR Manager - Edgware, London - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...

HR Manager - London - £40,000 + bonus

£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits