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05/10/2015 11:52 BST | Updated 05/10/2015 11:59 BST

John Whittingdale's Conservative Conference Speech Sends Twitter Into Meltdown

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01:  Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale attends the announcement of the winner of the UK's largest arts prize - the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, presented by Ben Okri at Tate Modern on July 1, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for The Art Fund)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale attends the announcement of the winner of the UK's largest arts prize - the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, presented by Ben Okri at Tate Modern on July 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for The Art Fund)

The Conservative Party Press office has been rounded upon by Twitter users after tweeting a quote from John Whittingdale's conference speech.

The Culture Secretary's statement began with an anecdote involving Margaret Thatcher. He explained that at a meeting 25-years prior he had persuaded the iron lady to read a passage comparing the Liberal Democrats symbol to a dead parrot, and had succeeded.

He then moved on to recite Dominic Sandbrook, who wrote a piece in the Sunday Times on 27 September about Britain's global audience for popular culture.

Whittingdale stated: “There are no French Rolling Stones, no German Beatles; there is no Italian Bond, no Spanish Rowling, no Dutch David Bowie.”

A some-what predictable Twitter storm followed:

From pointing out who there's no English or British of:

To generally just being confused:

Even Owen Jones didn't understand:

Although the Twitterverse didn't supply any obvious support for the tweet, it has now been retweeted over 140 times.