Friday 22 November 2019

PM unable to put a ring on Beyonce

The Prime Minister was unable to identify the Beyonce hit that disrupted a Cabinet meeting
The Prime Minister was unable to identify the Beyonce hit that disrupted a Cabinet meeting

The mystery of the Beyonce tune played at a Cabinet meeting has deepened, after David Cameron was unable to identify it as one of her biggest hits.

Chief Whip Michael Gove was given a dressing down by Mr Cameron at Cabinet earlier this month, when his smart watch suddenly interrupted discussions of fiscal policy with a blast of one of the US star's songs.

Mr Gove - who was reportedly left fumbling for quite a while trying to silence the watch - initially declined to identify the music played, describing it as "an in-joke". But his wife, the journalist Sarah Vine, later revealed that she had bought him the Pebble Smartwatch for Christmas and that her husband had inadvertently pressed a button instructing it to play "Beyonce's latest oeuvre" while listening to Chancellor George Osborne.

Now broadcaster Nick Ferrari has tried to settle the question by playing excerpts from three of the R&B singer's biggest hits - Irreplaceable, Crazy In Love and Single Ladies - to Mr Cameron during an interview on LBC radio.

But the Prime Minister was unable to shed any light on the issue, telling Ferrari: " My memory is it sounded like something from the 'chillax' playlist on Spotify. That's all a bit more hip-hoppy, and I don't think it was that.

"But it didn't last very long. We weren't playing 'beat the intro'. We were trying to have a Cabinet meeting, let's be clear."

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