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Tuesday 8th January 2013 | 07:09
There will be one senior member of the Government who is very excited by today's surprise news that David Bowie has a new single and album to follow.
Yes, step forward Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and long-time Bowie fan (heck their birthday's are only one day apart - Clegg's was yesterday, Bowie's 66th is today).
As my pic above* shows, Cleggy even used to dress up as Ziggy Stardust as a callow youth. On his Desert Island Discs selection in 2010, he spent ages on his song choices and finally included Life of Mars.
Just a shame Bowie didn't do a turn at the Olympics opener or closing ceremony. Cleggy would have had a ringside seat.
Perhaps the real Government link to Bowie comes from a bloodline, however. Chauffeur-driven chain-smoking Peter Mannion lookalike Simon Burns is Bowie's 2nd cousin.
*The pic was used mischievously by Labour MP Nick Brown a few years back on his Christmas card.
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