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WestwoodThis morning’s Sun has given a warm welcome to David Cameron’s attack on some of the hip-hop output of Radio 1’s Tim Westwood.  Speaking yesterday, the Tory leader said:

"I would say to Radio 1, do you realise that some of the stuff you play on Saturday nights encourages people to carry guns and knives?"

The Sun responds:

"Plenty of decent people, especially in the black community, fear for their children’s lives every time they leave home.  The last place they want to hear exhortations to violence is on the BBC, our public service broadcaster.  Yet Radio One DJ Tim Westwood gives peak time airplay to violent rap and hip-hop music."

The Sun quotes black charity worker Shaun Bailey’s warning that rap stars like 50 Cent, Eminem and the “grime music scene” are “peddling death to our children” by celebrating violence.

Gangsta rap has long been a subject of huge controversy in America with many leading politicians, and celebrities like Bill Cosby, complaining about violent and anti-women lyrics.  David Cameron with this intervention, following his recent remarks about the way some businesses promoted ‘sexualised’ clothing to young children, is showing that he is determined to mount the bully pulpit and use his public platform to champion the concerns of parents for their children.

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