Michael Gove likes hip hop. Probably not a sentence you were ever expecting to read… Now, before you get too excited, no, we’re not talking 50 Cent and Dr Dre – the Education Secretary’s preference lies in the niche genre of “chap hop” – a posh parody of the American rap style, plummy accent and all.
Gove’s favourite “artist” is a chap known as Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer – a man who entertains his audiences with the likes of “They Don’t Allow Rappers in the Bullingdon Club” and “Bullingdon Breakdown”.
Enjoying his moment in the spotlight, Mr B was a special guest on last night’s edition of Newsnight, accompanied by his banjo and a gravity-defying moustache. We particularly enjoyed the wry look of glee which accompanied host Jeremy Paxman’s sign-off: “In case this musical genre has passed you by here is live, uncut and wild, it’s leading exponent…”