Prime Minister David Cameron has sparked a heated debate after claiming that Britain should be “more confident in our status as a country of Directioners”.
The PM made the remarks in an interview with Smash Hits magazine, adding that the teachings of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis had shaped British society and inspired its values of tolerance, respect, and being beautiful because you don’t know you’re beautiful, baby.
However, the comments have sparked an angry response from leading Beliebers, who in a letter to Top of the Pops magazine called Mr Cameron’s remarks “unhelpful, divisive and totally lame”.
Mr Cameron’s comments will be seen as an olive branch to the Directioner community, having faced criticism in the past after refusing to sanction military action against Taylor Swift following her acrimonious break up with Harry Styles. He acknowledged the criticism, adding that he wasn’t “a perfect Directioner.”
“Like many casual Directioners, I don’t attend every concert and I don’t know all of the words to the more obscure B-Sides off by heart. But whenever 1D are in London you can bet your life that me and Iain Duncan-Smith will be outside their hotel waiting as long as it takes to get a selfie with the boys.
“And if you don’t believe that you can just check all the pictures on my official Twitter account: @futuremrstyles”.
However, the group of leading Beliebers, including Sir Terry Pratchett and Polly Toynbee, said: “While we respect Mr Cameron’s views, there is just totally no way he could possibly compare 1D with Justin Beiber.
“The derivative riffs of ‘What Makes You Beautiful just can’t compare with the groundbreaking combination of dance beats, R&B vocals and disco synths on Justin’s seminal hit ‘Baby’. And have 1D ever collaborated with Ludakris and Usher? Exactly”.
However, both sides found common ground in their unanimous disapproval of Ed Miliband’s choice of band.
Cameron said: “He’s got the official JLS pencil case and a photo of Aston in his wallet.
"It’s pathetic, they’re totally ancient. I bet he prefers The Voice to X Factor as well, the nerd. ”