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Love of the UK, actually: Cameron's stirring tribute after 'Russia snub'

David Cameron posted his patriotic tribute online. Credit: Google+/David Cameron

The Prime Minister issued a lavishly patriotic tribute after a Russian official reportedly dismissed Britain as "just a small island; no one pays any attention to".

David Cameron posted his impassioned riposte on Google+ at the end of the G20 summit in St Petersburg and signed off by saying he was "thinking of setting this to music".

Mr Cameron wrote:

Britain may be a small island, but I would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart or greater resilience.

Britain is an island that has helped to clear the European continent of fascism - and was resolute in doing that throughout World War Two.

Britain is an island that helped to abolish slavery, that has invented most of the things worth inventing, including every sport currently played around the world, that still today is responsible for art, literature and music that delights the entire world.

We are very proud of everything we do as a small island - a small island that has the sixth-largest economy, the fourth best-funded military, some of the most effective diplomats, the proudest history, one of the best records for art and literature and contribution to philosophy and world civilisation.

For the people who live in Northern Ireland, I should say we are not just an island, we are a collection of islands. I don't want anyone in Shetland or Orkney to feel left out by this.

I'm thinking of setting this to music...

The comments were initially delivered off-camera to the British press and then expanded upon at a media conference.

His remarks were immediately compared to a scene from hit film Love Actually, in which Hugh Grant's prime minister interrupts the US president to say: "We may be a small country but we're a great one, too."

Downing Street demanded "clarification" from the Kremlin yesterday after a spokesman was reported to have made the comments.

Mr Cameron noted that Mr Putin's chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov had denied making the remark.

We asked ITV News viewers what music David Cameron's tribute should be set to and here are some of the best suggestions:

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