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Cameron never saw my bum, says Cocker

It can only be a matter of time before Jarvis Cocker moves into politics. A recent skirmish with Prime Minister David Cameron showed that Cocker has a politician’s obsession with detail.

Cocker had been brooding on a reply Cameron had given in The Guardian last year when the Pulp frontman had asked him to explain some of the more complex jargon of the banking industry. Cameron had obliged, and added, in reference to Cocker’s notorious interruption of a Michael Jackson performance at the 1996 Brits Awards ceremony, "I was there that night, at the Brit Awards. I saw him led away. I saw his bum."

Cocker’s riposte arrived several months later. "I'd just like to point out that if anybody cares to look at the video evidence, at no point was my bare backside revealed," he told the paper. "Therefore the fact he says he's seen it totally negates the credence of what he said in the previous part of the answer about derivatives and futures. I'm glad I've got that off my chest – it's been bothering me, that."

The ball is back in Number Ten’s court. Of course it’s possible that Cameron may have seen the Cocker buttocks at some other, unspecified point, but we would probably need a full-blown Parliamentary enquiry to get to the bottom of the matter.

While not dwelling on political inexactitude, Cocker is presently collating ideas for new Pulp material, as well as looking for literary giants of the future in his role as editor-at-large for Faber and Faber.

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