4 BLEAK TIMES UK POLITICS MET HIP-HOP

4 Bleak Times UK Politics Met Hip-Hop
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4 BLEAK TIMES UK POLITICS MET HIP-HOP



Written by Dont Panic
08 Monday 08th May 2017

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Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, that we're plumbing the absolute depths, this morning former Work And Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith appeared on Good Morning Britain. Did he turn up to apologise for ruining disabled people's lives because of his reforms? Make some more money so he could afford another £39 breakfast? Generally try to come across as less dim and boring than the last 25 years he's spent in the public eye have suggested? Not exactly.

Sitting alongside fellow bald Tory Chuka Umunna, Duncan Smith laid into Diane Abbott's recent police budgeting gaffe. To back up his points, which are rarely built on solid foundations, IDS cited a rapper...

Remarkable, isn't it? Duncan Smith's stiff body language mixed with the odd rap hand gesture; his self-satisfaction at remembering lyrics which saturated our radios in 2002; the hosts' saccharine energy, acting as if they were in the prescence of a political, comedy AND musical heavyweight, plus the lack of real scrutiny over his views or prior actions. It was crap enough when politicians had to pretend to know about pop music, now they even have to absorb Rap Genius annotations. Here's a few other politicians getting in on the rap game...

Tim Farron meets New Order

During last year's EU referendum campaign, legendary football player John Barnes spoke out against Brexit. In a strange show of gratitude, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron (who was in a New Order-inspired band when he was younger and resigned from the front bench to demand an EU referendum in 2008) rapped Barnes' verse from New Order's football anthem World In Motion. It's a real oddity. Farron's stilted delivery sounds like he said every word separately and then it was all edited together; he stares at the camera so menacingly that you'd expect him to say 'before I kill again' after the 'catch me if you can' part; the sincere thumbs up at the end, as if Barnesy would have any impact on the vote in the end. But that's the Lib Dems in a nutshell, grasping at straws at any/every opportunity.


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