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Stormzy backs Labour in election with call to end austerity
Top grime MC and other artists write letter encouraging people to register to vote
Damien Gayle  https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/25/stormzy-backs-labour-in-election-with-call-to-end-austerity

Stormzy has thrown his support behind the Labour party and called on people to register to vote to “end austerity, rebuild our communities and take back the means to change our lives for the better”.

In a letter to the Guardian, the multiple award-winning grime MC from London joins a number of music industry artists – including Akala, Professor Green, Kano, Lowkey, Saskilla, Sharkey Major and Charlie Sloth – in saying they will be voting for Labour on 12 December.

“Ending austerity will, for the first time in many of our lifetimes, use the taxes we all already pay into, to reinvest in the housing, youth clubs, community groups and cultural centres being destroyed by the current government,” the letter says.

“We are under no illusions about Labour’s own imperial history, and we don’t think the British establishment is fundamentally going to change. But we are sick of our taxes being spent on fighting more wars and building more jails.

“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.”

The deadline for voter registration is Tuesday 26 November and the letter is both a call to support Labour and a last-ditch attempt to persuade potential voters who are not registered to sign up. Young voters heavily skew towards Labour, with 60% of those aged 18-24 voting for Corbyn’s party in 2017.

“The opportunity for people-led change can be made possible under a Jeremy Corbyn Labour government. End austerity, rebuild our communities and take back the means to change our lives for the better,” the letter says.

“Surely, in an election that could transform the livelihoods of many, and be the difference between life or death for many more, life is something worth voting for.”

Securing the backing of Stormzy, one of the UK’s biggest recording artists, is a major coup for the Labour party. After lending his support in 2017, Stormzy was credited in part for the “youthquake” that boosted Corbyn’s party in that year’s election.

His declaration “Fck Boris”, a line from his number one single Vossi Bop, became one of the most memorable moments of his headline set at Glastonbury this summer, and was later borrowed by the Labour-supporting youth group FckBoris.

But after Stormzy held back from giving FckBoris his explicit backing, and after some of the original Grime4Corbyn artists indicated they would not repeat their support for Labour this year, it was suggested he might also hold off from a public endorsement.

In the end, G4C relaunched on Sunday night, with many of the original artists on board. Stormzy’s backing for the open letter was secured at the same time, the Guardian understands.

A separate letter has also been published in which more than 500 artists and musicians – many of them under 40 – pledge their support for Labour. The poet Kate Tempest, the musician Brian Eno, the writers Sophie Mackintosh and Sabrina Mahfouz and the political philosopher Srećko Horvat are among those who call for a Labour victory “not just for the future of the United Kingdom, but as a message to show the world”.

The letter, published in Tribune, says the UK stands at a crossroads. “On one side is the Conservative world of self-preservation, closed borders, spiralling homelessness and poverty, inertia on the climate crisis, privatised education and cuts to arts funding,” they write.

“On the other is Labour’s commitment to free movement and ending the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants, a green industrial revolution, protection of workers’ rights, public ownership of key industries, free education, and serious investment in the arts.”

When asked to comment on this news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed that he had no idea who Stormzy was.

When it was explained that he was a popular recording artist, Johnson replied that he was confident of receiving hearty election endorsements in the next few days from Justin Beiber and Chris Brown.
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Report enpassant November 25, 2019 4:35 PM GMT
Fck the gov fck boris !
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 4:47 PM GMT
Feck uppity.
Report impossible123 November 25, 2019 4:56 PM GMT
Another irrelevant thread by OP. It could be his ton of unnecessary threads.
Report 1st time poster November 25, 2019 4:56 PM GMT
rees mugg said let,s be avin you Laugh
Report dambuster November 25, 2019 4:59 PM GMT
I'm sure this Stomzeey chap will have as much influence on the election as Russell Brand and Tramp Geldof had on Brexit.Laugh
Report Injera November 25, 2019 5:02 PM GMT
'cultural centres '

Laugh

'But we are sick of our taxes being spent on fighting more wars and building more jails.'

Stormzy lad..have a word with your bruvvers and tell them to stop stabbing people. Then we can turn jails into garden centres (not cinemas...)
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 5:11 PM GMT
Clapton says vote Boris
Daltrey says vote Boris
Morrisey says vote Boris.

Stormzy ffs
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 5:14 PM GMT
Frankie says! Feck off will ye?
Report sofiakenny November 25, 2019 5:15 PM GMT
yep flusher..stupid old dodderers like yourself.
Report anxious November 25, 2019 5:17 PM GMT
The grime guys have some influence with the young dudes , they did in 2017 lets hope for more of the same Cool
Report anxious November 25, 2019 5:17 PM GMT
roger daltrey and morrisey ffs
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 5:19 PM GMT
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UKwVvSleM6w
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 5:21 PM GMT
Is he that one that sings bonkers?
Report alun2005 November 25, 2019 5:22 PM GMT
In a letter to the Guardian, the multiple award-winning grime MC from London joins a number of music industry artists – including Akala, Professor Green, Kano, Lowkey, Saskilla, Sharkey Major and Charlie Sloth – in saying they will be voting for Labour on 12 December.

This would be quite funny if it weren't so desperately tragic. With the accent very much on desperate. These mighty non-talents are less newsworthy or credible as commentators as Nellie who cleans the loos at the bus station. 

Surely this pitiful article can't have been written with straight face ?

Is there ANY human tragedy out there who is interested in the political view of something called 'Sharkey Major' or more hilariously still, "Charlie Sloth".  It's almost as worthy as a Chris Morris effort from 'The Day Today' or 'Nathan Barley'.

Then again, I'm guessing that even if Rosie West or that Religiously-Enriched Bellfield bloke wrote into The Guardian in their best joined-up and declared in favour of Corbyn, some moron at the newspaper would give it some credibility.
Report Angoose November 25, 2019 5:25 PM GMT
Can you smell the fear of the Tories as it all starts to unravel Grin
Report posy November 25, 2019 5:25 PM GMT
Stormzy (whatever he/she/it is) and supporters probably now represent Labour's core vote. What a turn off for the white , hard working class.
Report anxious November 25, 2019 5:28 PM GMT
Post you are out of touch my friend, the younger generation have rejected the tories and will continue to do so
Report anxious November 25, 2019 5:29 PM GMT
The spivs are starting to get frightened a little i think
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 5:30 PM GMT
Is he the one that sings swanee river?
Report alun2005 November 25, 2019 5:31 PM GMT
LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh at 'Charlie Sloth".

Has the all-important "Brian Indolence" endorsement reached The Guardian yet?
Report anxious November 25, 2019 5:33 PM GMT
you see the more they post the more the fear is gripping them Laugh
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 5:33 PM GMT
Is he in the Bay city Rollers?
Report jollyswagman November 25, 2019 5:35 PM GMT
i think he was the fifth beatle flush, innit
Report alun2005 November 25, 2019 5:35 PM GMT
You can see why serious-minded persons would give this person's opinion's the greatest scrutiny and credibility...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCTKZzcEmCg
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 5:44 PM GMT
He can't be very good none of his records are on the bowling club jukebox.
Report Injera November 25, 2019 5:46 PM GMT
If we end 'austerity' (yuk) will stab vests be free in my local Waitrose?
Report jollyswagman November 25, 2019 5:50 PM GMT
i imagine charlie has spent much time studying the united nations convention on the law of the sea and what it means the uk government can and cant do once we leave the common fisheries policy of the european union. i would be very interested to hear his views on migratory fish and straddling stocks.
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 5:59 PM GMT
Is stormzy available for a caleidh at new year at the boolin club?
Report jollyswagman November 25, 2019 6:01 PM GMT
probably not bruv, my guess is he's booked already, sorry.
Report alun2005 November 25, 2019 6:06 PM GMT
How many marginals might lesser-known "Grime MC" Jimmy Laziness swing Labour's way, with his razor-like grasp of economics, and the difficulties of police recruitment from ethnic minority communities? 

Why doesn't Labour despatch him without delay to Scotland? I'm sure his "award-winning" verbal diarrhoea will surely be heard with awestruck wonder by anyone with access to subtitles.
Report Angoose November 25, 2019 6:24 PM GMT
Will you influence more voters than Stormzy Confused
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 6:36 PM GMT
To be fair I remember when Alvin Stardust told everyone to vote for Jim Callahan , they came out in their droves to tell Alvin( nhrn) to fook off.
Report 1st time poster November 25, 2019 6:45 PM GMT
cooka choo ,I really love my cooka choo
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 6:49 PM GMT
That I can believe.
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 6:49 PM GMT
Don't wear it out.
Report 1st time poster November 25, 2019 6:52 PM GMT
is that why he wore a clothe on one hand,Wink
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 6:55 PM GMT
So he could beat it.
Report melv November 25, 2019 7:25 PM GMT
What have the white, hard working class got in common with overweight,bling festooned, boastful ,violence promoting ,predominantly black gang members .If anything the publicity will prove detrimental to Labour.

What ???????? its pop music and pop musicians influence the young of all classes. Pop musicians from John Lennon down. I am not going to write a list of all the influences of pop musicians on culture. If you haven't a clue there is no reason to talk to you anyway.

What have the white, hard working class got in common with overweight, bling festooned, boastful ,violence promoting ,predominantly black gang members .If anything the publicity will prove detrimental to Labour.

And skin colour and way of life have nothing to do with it. Michael Jackson is the only example  I will give. Again there are many more examples and if you haven't a clue about that; mores the pity for you. If you haven't a clue what I am on about then I am wasting my energy typing.

From here on in the more you attack Corbyn the more enthusiastic Labour supporters will get. Because we smell your fear and we smell victory.

PS and I also know you will not comprehend this one bit. FOR LABOUR SUPORTERS THIS IS NOT ABOUT CORBYN ITS ABOUT POLICIES.

Finally just read my lips get ready for a massive shock on Election day. Young people will vote this tine and Labour will win.
Report melv November 25, 2019 8:12 PM GMT
John Lennon was exceptional ;the riff raff you listed are unexceptional and will hardly influence anyone with a modicum of intelligence

As an international socialist I could have written this. And  die in a ditch meant it.

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

But there are many other people as influential. I am not going for a list. Wasting my energy. On this you are either fir me or against me. I know I will gain no converts on here.

But I will say.... Bob Marley.

Only time will tell if Stormzy and Alkala etc finish up there with the great's. Early days fir them,
Report flushgordon1 November 25, 2019 8:49 PM GMT
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PabG3nJRu3k
Report moisok November 25, 2019 9:01 PM GMT
Imagine little ms 'undecided' librarian reading this to her dear infirm mother!!!
Report melv November 25, 2019 9:17 PM GMT
Just to keep the flow. Posy wrote and I replied.

Actually Bob Marley is one of my heroes. At my funeral they'll play Three Little Birds.....

Yeah so many. Bob's deeper than Lennon IMO. A kind of Shaman. One Love.

My pick would be Redemption song.

There are many  other's. Every time some-one gets me goin. I'll put another up. Nina Simone.
Report alun2005 November 26, 2019 11:31 AM GMT
Are these the lovely hard-working, tax-paying, "victims" of Tory Britain that Stormzy, Charlie, Brian, Jimmy and the other lads see as a natural fit for being  'Corbyn People" ?

The vibrant characters seen below certainly strike me as the types who might listen to insanely aggressive, tuneless, "award-winning" diatribes which celebrate violent criminality. I very much doubt that they have CD collections that include Bach or Beethoven, and I suspect their hard-earned money hasn't been spent in many bookshops either.

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https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/19/baying-mob-swarm-pizza-delivery-driver-rob-east-london-10011761/
Report anxious November 26, 2019 11:35 AM GMT
Why what would you know about who they are anyway , do you never tire of posting your biased rubbish
Report alun2005 November 26, 2019 11:36 AM GMT
Or maybe it was these discerning consumers that the "award-winning Grime MCs" had in mind as proud Corbyn supporters?

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/westfield-riot-gang-100-youths-16527785
Report anxious November 26, 2019 11:42 AM GMT
2 Labour canvassers in their 70s attacked over the weekend one with suspected broken jaw and another a woman with broken ribs , do we assume that they are right wing boneheads then that attacked them
Report jucel69 November 26, 2019 12:29 PM GMT

Nov 26, 2019 -- 11:42AM, anxious wrote:


2 Labour canvassers in their 70s attacked over the weekend one with suspected broken jaw and another a woman with broken ribs , do we assume that they are right wing boneheads then that attacked them


https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/labour-activist-70s-attacked-campaign-20959065

Report moisok November 26, 2019 10:09 PM GMT
People who come to this country and shout at the Queen probably have never heard of William Wilberforce etc.
Report aaronh November 27, 2019 8:02 AM GMT

Nov 26, 2019 -- 11:42AM, anxious wrote:


2 Labour canvassers in their 70s attacked over the weekend one with suspected broken jaw and another a woman with broken ribs , do we assume that they are right wing boneheads then that attacked them


Definitely look like it with what was shouted at them, sounds no different to the goons on here

Report alun2005 December 12, 2019 11:58 PM GMT
Do we know yet how Stormzy, Charlie Sloth, Brian Indolence and Jimmy Laziness have taken this Exit Poll ?

How on earth did pensioners (and the general public) seemingly reject their endorsement for Corbyn ?
Report lord skywalker December 13, 2019 12:02 AM GMT
is this the quickest victory ever, enpassant clearly not happy about the result
Report alun2005 December 13, 2019 12:04 AM GMT
b-b-b-b-b-b-but how could traditional Labour voters switch to the Conservatives ?

Could it possibly be because people like Stormzy and his unlistenable music are now the face of Corbyn/Momentum Labour?
Report lord skywalker December 13, 2019 12:06 AM GMT
angoose threads have dropped like a stone, now will mps finally relize they cant stop brexit
Report lord skywalker December 13, 2019 12:07 AM GMT
oh dear someone not happy
Report lord skywalker December 13, 2019 12:08 AM GMT
no need for that language anxious
Report anxious December 13, 2019 12:10 AM GMT
hey i am being polite there
Report alun2005 December 13, 2019 12:30 AM GMT
Perfect examples on this thread of the "kinder, gentler politics" of Corbyn followers.

Anything BUT learning some humility, looking in the mirror and realising that they might actually be part of Labour's problem.
Report lord skywalker December 13, 2019 12:33 AM GMT
if you sit on the fence like corbyn did and cant decide which way to go what do you expect
Report gibmark December 13, 2019 12:33 AM GMT

Dec 13, 2019 -- 12:30AM, alun2005 wrote:


Perfect examples on this thread of the "kinder, gentler politics" of Corbyn followers. Anything BUT learning some humility, looking in the mirror and realising that they might actually be part of Labour's problem.


exactly

Report lord skywalker December 13, 2019 12:34 AM GMT
it seems labour supporters have gone to drown their sorrows  in a pint of whatever
Report lord skywalker December 13, 2019 12:41 AM GMT
you really are taking losing really badly anxious, take some time out
Report OnePercenter December 13, 2019 12:42 AM GMT
Stormzy, what a f**kin' prick
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