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Health secretary Matt Hancock certainly does some odd things.
Often these seem to be in an attempt to show that he’s got his finger on the pulse.
Remember his brief foray into the world of parkour and the mirth it sparked?
Great to try a bit of #parkour this morning with @ParkourUK President @SebastienFoucan to learn how anyone can… https://t.co/WT5GSsCjGw — Matt Hancock (@Matt Hancock)
Well now another supposed cultural interest of Hancock’s is prompting widespread laughter.
A 2017 article that appeared in The Times has been dug up, penned while Hancock was culture minister.
In it, he claims to be a ‘huge grime fan’.
Matt Hancock says he loves grime.
“For example, as a fan of grime music, I know our amazing urban music makes a massive contribution to our creative industries,” Hancock wrote at the time.
“The sounds of Skepta and Lady Leshurr are making waves across the world”.
Although the article was for a positive reason – which included celebrating the Met Police dropping their discriminatory form 696 policy – people are not convinced by Hancock’s claim.
I can't believe this is a real article https://t.co/QCq5WueN0h — Charlie Smith (@Charlie Smith)
In fact, they’re pretty tickled.
Immediate pop culture comparisons came to mind.
"My favourite grime album is probably...the best of grime" https://t.co/6I4DykIi11 https://t.co/FvCr8uTBV1 — Bradley Weir (@Bradley Weir)
And some apt lyrics were trotted out.
"Too many boy dem wanna pretend" https://t.co/fA6lEMwINe — SomeNextGuy (@SomeNextGuy)
People are really, really certain Matt Hancock does not listen to grime.
things i am certain matt hancock is not:
a friend of the poor
a competent politician
a selfless lover
a grime fan https://t.co/53pe5VDT0M — Thomas #FreePalestine 🇵🇸 (@Thomas #FreePalestine 🇵🇸)
Like really certain.
on episode 3868483834 of 'this tory audacity is so audacious it can't be real, omg wait it's not a joke this is rea… https://t.co/aJKxxSQ6cW — ohsoethical. (@ohsoethical.)
They might be right too; reportedly while at the Mercury Prize ceremony in 2016, Hancock was unable to name any songs by Skepta, despite professing to be a fan.
Instead he had to ask his aide.
Who reminded him of the track ‘Shutdown’... which Skepta had just performed on stage, minutes earlier.
Strange for a real fan.
Hancock needs to pull up the RWD forum receipts or it's over for him.