Michael Gove tweets ‘I set trends dem man copy’ to mock Stormzy’s Labour support
Gove said ‘He is a far, far better rapper than he is a political analyst’
Michael Gove tweeted earlier today "I set trends dem man copy" in response to a BBC article which Labour MP Angela Rayner shared via Twitter.
The original article, in which Michael Gove said of Stormzy "He is a far, far better rapper than he is a political analyst", was retweeted by Angela Rayner with the caption "And Michael Gove is crap at both".
Gove responded "I set trends dem man copy", a reference to Stormzy's 'Shut Up'.
This retaliation follows Stormzy's long-standing criticism of the Conservative government.
His infamous Glastonbury headline in June 2019 featured the grime artist wearing a stab vest, customised by Banksy with a monochrome Union Jack. He used the set to draw attention to racial inequality in the justice system and the arts.
Gove discussed this festival set on Talk Radio, saying "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."
On Monday Stormzy posted a long note to Twitter in which he urged his fans to register to vote, saying that he would be voting for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party.
— #MERKY (@stormzy) November 25, 2019
He wrote in support of Corbyn: "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 needed a helping hand from the government the most".
Stormzy continued by criticising Boris Johnson's "long record of lying and policies that have absolutely no regard for the people that our government should be committed to helping and empowering."
He backed this up by citing the racism previously displayed by the Prime Minister: "I also believe that it is criminally dangerous to give the most powerful role in the country to a man who has said that the sight of a 'bunch of black kids' makes him 'turn a hair', compared women in burquas to letterboxes and referred to black people as 'piccaninnies' with 'watermelon smiles'.
"I think it's extremely dangerous to have a man with those view as the sole leader of our country."
Stormzy finished by leaving a link for his fans to register to vote in his Twitter bio, and called it "the most important election of our generation".