Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer penned a personal response to Mr Michael Gove when the Education Secretary admitted in a recent Daily Mail interview to being something of a chap-hop aficionado.

The Gentleman Rhymer finished his piece in The Guardian with the following tirade: “Perhaps Gove, in the words of dear old Kurt Cobain, ‘Likes to sing along … but he knows not what it means’.”

Mr B is the Brighton-based gent who coined the term chap-hop and penned the Government-bashing and Eton-based cronyism number, They Don’t Allow Rappers In The Bullingdon Club.

Still, a few weeks on from the shock of being thrust into the limelight, he’s returned to his gentlemanly state.

“I’ve made it fairly clear I am not necessarily a fan of his. Should he wish to be a fan of mine that is absolutely fine. But I am no fan of his.”

Pop and politics don’t mix. Paul Weller blasted David Cameron after he declared (surely ironically) that The Jam’s Eton Rifles was his favourite song.

Gordon Brown’s Arctic Monkeys blooper (he claimed the witty Sheffielders to be his favourite band without knowing any of their songs) is another example of the two disciplines’ distance.

Yet Mr B admits that Gove’s approval was not quite the kiss of death it might have been.

“The main thing is a few more people know about me than did before. There has been a bit of a spike in sales. I am effectively today’s chip paper.”

He was even invited on to Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman a few days after the Education Secretary’s comments.

“When I did Newsnight, I was in the green room with the editor and he said, ‘I’m texting Michael Gove and he has asked for signed photo.’ I didn’t send him one but I did send him a picture the editor took of me holding up a sign saying, ‘I was on Newsnight, where were you?’”

Brighton can lay claim to being the home of the chap-hop movement. Another Brightonian named Professor Elemental is the genre’s other major source.

“It almost couldn’t happen anywhere else. There is something about Brighton that brings out one’s flamboyant side,” explains Mr B, whose instrument of choice is the banjolele and facial styling is a Brylcreemed quiff and twirled tash.

“It brings out the dandy in a chap. I’ve been down here 11 years and Mr B has been around for seven.

“There is certainly an atmosphere in Brighton conducive to expressing oneself. There are certain other places where you’d be less inclined to wander about in a three-piece suit, large cravat and a moustache of a weekend.”

Jim Burke, as Mr B is known during the day, calls his time in one-hit wonder band Collapsed Lung (Eat My Goal, should you ask) his “oik period”.

They were shoehorned into Britpop and hung around with Menswear and others from the scene but their influences, such as Public Enemy, never quite fitted the sound.

Burke still loves hip-hop and is a leader in his field for creating Mr B, if not in the world of cool.

“The tragedy is that Michael Gove is a genuine fan. He is not trying be cool. I am the musician politicians mention when they are not trying to be cool.”