A peek at David Cameron's private life

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  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2014

Everyday bloke: British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in central London, Britain. In a recent interview, he emphasised his man-on-the-street credentials. – EPA

British prime minister David Cameron is a fan of Swedish band First Aid Kit and likes to channel-surf rubbish TV.

WITH songs about environmental issues, Guantanamo Bay and the campaign to free Russian punk band Pussy Riot, it is safe to assume that Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are not natural Tory voters, but David Cameron has revealed he is a big fan of the band, sneaking into one of their gigs at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

In a recent interview with the Mail On Sunday, the prime minister emphasised his man-on-the-street credentials, revealing he infuriates his wife by channel-surfing “rubbish” TV and worries about the influence of technology on his children, banning them from having mobile phones, video games and gadgets.

And while Cameron talked of his love of melancholic Scandinavian melodies, he also revealed he is no longer a fan of former Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, telling the paper he does not want his children to know what twerking is.

“My children are too young. Luckily they haven’t connected this lovely Hannah Montana, who is now this person twerking,” he said, adding that the children had already noticed swear words in pop songs. “They say, ‘Daddy, that’s the bad this or that word.’ They are 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.”

Cameron revealed he had watched the relatively unknown First Aid Kit, comprising Scandinavian sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, at west London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and had – while incognito – watched other concerts at the venue. He said: “There’s quite a good way of sneaking in there.”

Bands cited as favourites by Cameron have not always welcomed the support, with The Smiths’ Johnny Marr “forbidding” him from listening to their songs, after he said he was a fan of their music. The prime minister doesn’t seemed to have listened, however, saying The Smiths and Coldplay are still played regularly at his home.

In a possible bid to emphasis his “heir to Blair” credentials, Cameron also revealed that he had – as a pupil at top south-east England boarding school Eton – played drums in a school band and once stood in for someone in a jazz band, for one night only.

Talking about his family life, Cameron said he and his wife Samantha allowed the children to use their iPads occasionally but tried to limit the amount of television they watched.

He said: “We have rules. At the weekend: no television in the morning. We don’t do morning TV – they should be doing something,” he said, adding that Elwen played football and rugby, while Nancy was taking part in an amateur opera. But he did admit to the “annoying male habit of channel-surfing” on the TV.

“I watch a lot of rubbish,” he said. “I drive (Samantha) mad because I sometimes watch more than one thing at a time, and then she’ll leave the room ... I love murder mysteries and things like that on a Sunday night to escape from it all.”

In the wide-ranging interview, the prime minister also spoke about how he considered the Bible as “a sort of handy guide” on morality.

He said: “I am a believer. I’m a classic Church of England member, but part of the Church of England’s strength is the fact that it doesn’t ask us to sign up to too much of a canon.”

In a serious moment, he reflected on the death in 2009 of his son Ivan, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He admitted to becoming angry if people suggested there could be a silver lining to his death, saying: “The person who says to you, ‘There’s a silver lining to all this,’ or ‘Some good will come of all this,’ you actually want to thump.” – Guardian News & Media 2014

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