David Cameron votes The Dark Side of The Moon as favourite album in HMV contest

 
The interesting news of the week (easy to find through major search engines, and usually they end up being on the Telegraph) are heartwarming most of the time.
 
My favourite this week is David Cameron’s last statement of his favourite album.
 
It is not something new that electoral campaigns revolve around topics that show the politicians’ humanity. People love to see that those men (and women) in suits are actually like them, even if they wear a suit at weddings only (and they should wear a morning dress, not a suit).
 
People are happy to know Barack Obama likes the Boss, who is like a national symbol of the United States, and surely have mixed feelings about John McCaine’s thing on ABBA. Not because they are from Sweden, of course. Toby Harnden pointed out, back in time, that Springsteen is a compulsory choice for a Democrat. We should then expect Easy Rider as favourite film, but he says he is The Godfather. It is a point in favour of Harnden’s position, as I think The Godfather is much more pop culture than a New Hollywood film.
 
However, it’s typical to try to understand a person from their tastes, so 4 years later the British Prime Minister is again under the public eye for a declaration that has little to do directly with a campaign, but will surely have its political weight.
 
David Cameron, in the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, gave his own two cents in the competition for the best British album and film of the past 60 years. His new (as people reported straight away that his choice in 2010, during the campaing, was The Smith’s “The Queen is Dead”) favourite album, according to Cameron’s Facebook page, is Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon.
 
One critic he received is that the choice is ad hoc as he liked a different one 2 years ago. I am not the biggest supporter of David Cameron (even though we have many things in common and could probably be good friends if we don’t discuss politics) so I am not here to defend him, but people can change taste in music in an even shorter time. I see nothing strange in the change, though I don’t like Pink Floyd and I like The Smiths so if he didn’t change his opinion he would have won a point. Another critic the poor Cameron faced was that he mentioned such a famous album just to appear cool. I thought he appeared cooler when he mentioned Lana Del Rey, which is like everyone’s (but me) obsession nowadays, or Adele.
 
As he is 45 years old, Pink Floyd appear to me as just picking a group from years he lived as too young to be into that music, while he was in his twenties at the time of the Smiths. Why should we be so cynical and not believe his innocence in discovering some old music later in life? He might have had something else to do in the past years. He is a politician, even if he may be a bad one he still has work to do.
 
The third critic is probably the one which hit the nail on the head. Quoting from the Telegraph, <>. As I said before, if I were Cameron and I were trying to look cool, up-to-date and in touch with my voters I would have tossed a name that is contemporary and well-regarded by all voters, from the just of age kids to the old ones. The album he mentioned can be considered exemplary taste by those who keep going on with “the music of that period is the best ever”, but is surely controversial in its topics. Even if so, I don’t think Cameron wanted to make a statement with his choice. He is already paying the consequences of mentioning his favourite film and actor.
 
Let’s try not to read too much into this statement, as there are more relevant things to discuss about Cameron (and I am not talking about the fact he plays tennis).