And then, of course, there was grime. With artists like Stormzy and Akala educating their followers and fans about the tricky nature of the political system, they encouraged a previously ridiculed and patronised age group to remind the elites that they should and would be heard. The catalyst was JME’s chat with Corbyn for i-D
. Not only was someone young people admire breaking down a system rigged against them, but a politician was taking the time to sit and chat with someone like
them. “What I’ve seen of him seems so genuine,” JME says before they sit down, "I feel like I’m going to meet one of my mum’s friends.” When other politicians duck questions, repeat catchphrases (see Theresa May’s interview in The Plymouth Herald
), and make pitstop visits to towns just for the press shot, a leader like Corbyn sparks action and ignites passion.