News broke today that Prime Minister David Cameron is not selling his own tour merchandise.
Instead, attendees at Cameron’s pro-EU ‘gigs’ have noted that most of the merchandise offered is merely reused from past arena events. In some cases, t-shirts, baseball caps, and #1 foam fingers (emblazoned with ‘Cena Sucks’), have all been rebranded to offer guarded, semi-complimentary soundbites in favour of the EU.
particular bestseller is a t-shirt whose message has been changed from ‘Franz Ferdinand’ to ‘The only way to prevent another global catastrophe caused by the death of an obscure monarch, such as Franz Ferdinand, is to work from within a large supranational European, economic and political body, in this case the EU’. The popular t-shirt is believed to have been resold for up to 0.6 times its retail value on Ebay.
However, the recycled tat is not the only controversy to threaten Cameron’s plans for a series of low-key, intimate gigs, at venues including the O2 Arena and Alexandra Palace. Only last week, the Home Office was cautioned for busing in prisoners to cheer Cameron’s speech as they went on to start a misguided mosh pit in the process. No.10 itself was also rebuked for distributing VIP passes for ‘An Evening with Dave and George’ to any business owner with the presumed physical capability to sign a letter.
Despite this, merchandise remains the biggest concern to the pro-EU campaign. At Cameron’s last gathering of 27 people inside the Birmingham Arena, Steve Gallowbay told us, ‘I was fairly Europhile before I came tonight. But after listening to the PM speak for an hour and then being asked to spend £22 on a picnic blanket which once said ‘Jungle is Massive’, I’m suddenly much less keen.’
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