‘He’s a far better rapper than he is a political analyst’: Michael Gove hits back at Stormzy after the grime star criticised ‘sinister’ Boris Johnson and said he is voting for Jeremy Corbyn
- Stormzy said yesterday that he will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn on December 12
- The rapper described Boris Johnson as a ‘sinister man with a long record of lying’
- Michael Gove hit back and said Stormzy is a ‘better rapper than political analyst’
Michael Gove has dismissed Stormzy’s criticism of Boris Johnson as he said the grime star is a ‘far better rapper than he is a political analyst’.
Stormzy yesterday posted on Twitter to urge his followers to register to vote ahead of the general election as he said he will support Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party on December 12.
He described Mr Johnson as a ‘sinister man with a long record of lying and policies that have absolutely no regard for the people that our government should be committed to helping and empowering’.
Mr Gove, the minister for the Cabinet Office, responded today as he said Stormzy’s political views were well known.
The rapper has been a vocal critic of the Conservative government and at the Glastonbury music festival this year he led chants of ‘f*** Boris’ while wearing a Union Jack emblazoned stab-proof vest.
Michael Gove said Stormzy ‘is a far, far better rapper than he is a political analyst’
Stormzy, pictured performing at Glastonbury festival this year, has described Boris Johnson as a ‘sinister man’
Mr Gove told TalkRadio this morning: ‘I think we again know that Stormzy, when he took to the stage at Glastonbury wearing a stab vest, he made clear what his political views were then.
‘He is a far, far better rapper than he is a political analyst.’
Stormzy said in a statement published on Twitter yesterday: ‘I will be registering to vote and I will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn.
‘There are several reasons as to why I’m voting for him – I would be here all day if I began to list them… but in my 26 years of life I have never trusted politicians or relied on them to be the bearers of hope and righteous people that we’ve needed them to be.
‘And for me, he is the first man in a position of power who is committed to giving the power back to the people and helping those who need a helping hand from the government the most.’
Stormzy is one of many musicians, artists, rappers and grime MCs who have given their support to Labour ahead of the snap poll on December 12.
Rappers Akala, Kano and Professor Green and singers Katy B and Peter Hooton of Liverpool group The Farm are among 39 artists, including Stormzy, who have signed a letter backing Mr Corbyn.
The letter to the Guardian newspaper said: ‘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.’
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