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David Cameron in PR gaffe as he tells the Queen Nigeria and Afghanistan are 'fantastically corrupt' on mic


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

May 10, 2016 | 2 min read

David Cameron has been caught on microphone telling the Queen that Nigeria and Afghanistan are "possibly two of the most corrupt countries in the world".


The prime minister's comments were picked up on camera by ITV news, during a conversation with the monarch, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Commons speaker John Bercow, which took place at an event to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Speaking ahead of the government's international anti-corruption summit due to take place on 12 May, Cameron said: "We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning. We talked about our anti-corruption summit. We've got...some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain.

"Nigeria and Afghanistan are possibly two of the most corrupt countries in the world."

The prime minister is no stranger to on-mic blunders. In September last year he was heard saying that Yorkshire people "hate each other" ahead of a speech in Leeds.

“We just thought people in Yorkshire hated everyone else, we didn’t realise they hated each other so much," he asserted.

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