David Cameron trips over Magna Carta on Letterman

Cameron's appearance on David Letterman's US chat show revealed a few gaps in his knowledge about Britain. But he did shoehorn in some pro-business rhetoric...

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

In a colourful, if slightly desperate, appearance on the David Letterman Show last night, David Cameron showed there were some gaps in his knowledge of British history. He guessed that Elgar had composed Rule Britannia, but it was actually Thomas Arne. It seems he doesn’t know his Arne from his Elgar.

But he did just about manage to keep things on track, eventually pumping out his PR message to encourage Americans to do business in the UK. He said: ‘We’re using the Olympics shamelessly to say this is a great place to come and work, come and live, come and invest. We’ve tried to make it a very business-friendly government.’

Elsewhere in the interview, he failed to translate Magna Carta into English, and edged perilously close to insulting America by describing the War of Independence as a ‘fall-out.’ Still, he got a few laughs from the audience and (sort of) managed to convey some English charm.

We’re not holding our breath for a sudden influx of US investment in London, though.

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