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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Cleggy plays guitar

 

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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