Michael Gove’s Stormzy tweet met with ridicule

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Michael Gove has faced ridicule for using a Stormzy quote in response to criticism of comments he made about the grime artist in a talkRADIO interview.

Earlier today, the Cabinet minister told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the Brit Award winner was a “far, far better rapper than he is political analyst”, after he backed Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Gove’s remarks were mocked online, with Labour’s Angela Rayner tweeting “And Michael Gove is crap at both”.

The Conservative candidate replied to Ms Rayner saying “I set trends dem man copy” – a line from Stormzy track Shut up – which again attracted attention.

Mr Gove: 'I set trends dem man copy'

Twitter users labelled it “embarrassing” and told Mr Gove to “log off”, “shut up” and “resign”.

Mr Gove’s original comments on talkRADIO came after Stormzy said he would vote Labour and branded Boris Johnson a “sinister man with a long record of lying”.

The grime star has often voiced his political convictions on stage. He asked Theresa May “where’s the money for Grenfell” at the 2018 Brit Awards and led chants of “F*** Boris” during his headline Glastonbury performance this year.

Stormzy is among a group of 39 artists who yesterday joined campaign group “Grime4Corbyn” in signing an open letter pledging support for the Labour leader.

The letter to the Guardian newspaper reads: “We’re not voting Labour in the naive hope that they will solve all the problems our communities face.

“We vote because they offer an urgent alternative to the destructive policies of the Conservatives.”

It continued: “Jeremy Corbyn has been one of the few people who has fought against injustice all his political life, from apartheid South Africa to the bombing of Libya.

“To deny from our own, now quite comfortable places, that a Labour government would improve the lives of millions would betray the communities we come from.”

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