David Cameron ‘let out little cry of joy’ over David Bowie’s Scottish Independence speech at the BRIT Awards

Bowie finished his pre-written message, read out by Kate Moss, by saying, "Scotland, stay with us", in reference to the debate

Jenn Selby
Monday 24 February 2014 18:43 GMT
David Bowie won Best Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards 2014
David Bowie won Best Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards 2014 (Getty Images)

The thought of David Cameron sat at home, engrossed by Katy Perry’s neon Eygpytian performance is a strange one indeed.

But the Prime Minister was glad that he tuned into the annual music awards last Wednesday, if only to catch Kate Moss reading out David Bowie’s Best Male acceptance speech.

Bowie finished his pre-written message by saying, "Scotland, stay with us", in reference to the debate on Scottish Independence.

Although slight, the renowned singer’s reference hit the headlines the UK over. It even ended up being used by the pro-UK Better Together movement.

And Cameron couldn’t wait to share his happiness at the music icon’s intervention, claiming it could be just what was needed to sway alienated voters.

“I was watching the Brit Awards and when I saw Kate Moss leap to the stage and utter those words I have to say I did let out a little cry of joy,” Cameron said.

“I'm sure that maybe someone like David Bowie might be able to reach parts of Scotland that perhaps I can't.”

Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, also used Bowie’s statement as a point of reference during First Minister’s Questions last week.

The referendum on Scottish independence will be held on 18 September.

Voters will be asked the Yes/No question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Chancellor George Osborne said in a statement recently: “If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the UK pound.”

The Scottish government are arguing that keeping the pound and the Bank of England services as part of a currency union under independence would make sense for both Scotland and the UK at large.

But Osbourne, Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls and Liberal Democrat Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said they could not recommend the plan.

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