Over the weekend, Jeremy Corbyn had a heart-to-heart with grime star Jme as he tried to understand why it is that young people don’t vote. Rapper Akala, a previous non-voter, also wrote a piece for the Guardian about why he’ll be ticking a box next to Corbyn’s name on 8 June.
Now, and rather unexpectedly, Harry Styles has thrown is svelte weight into the debate and hinted at who he’s going to vote for.
— Jme (@JmeBBK) May 14, 2017
Speaking to the Sunday Times, the singer said that party attitudes towards the EU were likely going to influence his decision.
“Honestly, I’m probably going to vote for whoever is against Brexit,” he told them. “I’m not educated enough on the subject to really go toe-to-toe with someone about it, but disregarding the economic stuff and all of that, I think what it symbolises is the opposite of the world I would like to be in. I think the world should be more about being together and being better together and joining together, and I think it’s the opposite of that.”
This could mean a tick in the box for Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, whose party has openly expressed its opposition to Brexit, despite the outcome of the EU Referendum vote last year. However, his shaky record on voting in favour of LGBTQ+ rights – something Styles has publicly supported in the past – as well as pro-life stance might make him more likely to vote for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, too. Labour are proposing a far softer take on any Brexit deal struck that involves insuring the rights of EU citizens here and British citizens abroad, but respects the will of the people following the referendum last year. The Conservative Party and Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’ plans probably won’t cut the mustard. Which will no doubt ironically shoot up in price along with many other traditional British food types following Brexit.
In fact, it’s the turbulent times we live in (with Brexit, Trump’s America and a desperate need for new human rights campaigns like the Women’s Marches and Black Lives Matter) that has influenced his song writing.
Speaking to the New York Times recently, he said: “We’re in a difficult time, and I think we’ve been in many difficult times before. But we happen to be in a time where things happening around the world are absolutely impossible to ignore. I think it would’ve been strange to not acknowledge what was going on at all. For example, ‘Sign of the Times,’ for me, it’s looking at several different things. That’s me commenting on different things.”
The interview comes the week after Styles launched his self-titled solo debut album, and released his holier than though video for ‘Sign Of The Times‘. He also played a secret and very intimate gig at The Garage in Highbury & Islington over the weekend.