PRITI PATEL has jumped to Boris Johnson’s defence after he was called a racist by rapper Dave at last night’s Brit Awards.
The south London artist, whose full name is David Orobosa Omoregie, delivered a powerful performance full of political statements at the 40th anniversary of the awards show hosted in London’s O2 Arena.
Towards the end of his performance of Black, Dave, 21, included an additional verse in which he commented on the government’s mistreatment of the Windrush Generation and Grenfell Tower fire victims, and called the prime minister a racist.
Defending Johnson on BBC Breakfast this morning, Patel said: “I simply do not subscribe to those comments at all.
“I know the prime minister, I’ve worked with the prime minister for a long time, for many years, he’s absolutely not a racist.”
She added: “I work with the prime minister, I know Boris Johnson very well, no way is he a racist, so I think that is a completely wrong comment and it’s the wrong assertion to make against our prime minister.”
Dave, who won album of the year with Psychodrama, adapted the album track to include the lyrics: “It is racist, whether or not it feels racist, the truth is our prime minister’s a real racist. They say, ‘you should be grateful, we’re the least racist’. I say, ‘the least racist is still racist’.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn showed support for some of his sentiments in a tweet posted shortly after Dave performed.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott told BBC Breakfast that she had not seen Dave’s performance but that she believed his comments “clearly resonated with people, particularly after this incident in the past few days where Number 10 brought in a policy adviser who thought that black people were inferior intellectually to white people”.