July 19th, 2012

Gove on Leaky Whitehall Life


Dave might be floundering on Europe this morning but one of his potential successors is on top form. When asked by a Tory MP to account for Tim Shipman’s O-levels scoop last month, Michael Gove responded in a typically cutting fashion: “I have come to the conclusion that leaks appear to be part of political life“. Guido finds that the stories drip out a lot more regularly when the party’s poll ratings are on the slide…

Via LabourList.


  1. 1
    Ed Miliband says:

    I demand a judge led inquiry!

  2. 2
    Bonzer says:

    I demand a DNA test

  3. 3
    concrete pump says:

    ‘But one of his potential successors is on top form.’

    Gove….! Are you fucking serious…?

  4. 4
    DZ says:

    Gordon Brown = Samantha Brick

  5. 5
    Muggins says:

    He makes the rest of this limp shower look positively competent.

  6. 6
    Lee Jasper says:

    My dark knight is always rising.

  7. 7
    Leninspart says:

    I will sue

  8. 8
    The Olympics may have just been saved from the curse of Gordon says:


  9. 9
    Gordon Brown says:

    I blame Sue.

  10. 10
    Hard sell says:

    This advert keeps demanding me to secure my seats.

  11. 11
    The Libor party says:

    Shambles ! Omni-shambles ! Shambolic !

  12. 12
    Dave Spart says:

    The ceremony planned sounds like it is gong to be a dire agitprop. I’d rather be out selling Militant

  13. 13
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:


  14. 14
    Dudley Zoo says:

    Cameron has stated in the Telegraph “austerity will last until 2020″

    Can he please advise when it will start

  15. 15
    Gordon Brown's Dad says:

    I should have named him Sue

  16. 16
    misterned says:

    True indeed. He is the most successful minister of this current administration by a mile, has implemented more common sense and decent reforms in 2 years than labour managed in 13 and the teaching Unions don’t know what’s hit them!

    I agree that he looks awful and unelectable, but he has been the safest pair of hands in Cabinet.

    He is also one of the few leading Cabinet members who did not come from an overly privileged background and had to work his way up from a working class background.

    He is one of a very very few tory MPs that I have any respect for.

  17. 17
    Gordon Brown says:

    I had a leak earlier. That woman had to clear it up when I missed.

  18. 18
    misterned says:

    Indeed. The unemployed chavs are still buying 3D TVs, smartphones, smoking, drinking, and dragging soft and loveable little dogs round in leather BDSM harnesses to try to look hard.

    OK their kids are now apparently starving to death, according to left wing bleeding heart, economically incompetent fuckwit social experimenters, but I see no sign of real austerity. Unemployment falling again, by the largest amount in a decade, yesterday.

    We are hardly facing what the Greeks are facing, (Thank You John Major), but if we want to avoid stagnation for a decade, we need to start real cuts in spending and real cuts in taxing, simplification of taxes, boosts for exporters and GET US THE FUCK OUT OF THE EU!

  19. 19
    Ed Millibland says:

    “I agree that he looks awful and unelectable”

    Look at me (these things being relative) ……..

    Changed your mind yet?

  20. 20
    Ed Millibandwagon says:

    Today’s bandwagon is G4S and I will ensure I don’t mention any Labour links with the company.

  21. 21
    John Reid says:

    Thanks. I’m now changing my CV and removing their name from the list of companies I’m an adviser to.

  22. 22
    Gordon Brown says:

    I like Sooty and Sue.

  23. 23

    Those cutting words I have come to the conclusion that leaks appear to be part of political life

    What else could you substitute for the word leaks?


    The list is endless.

  24. 24
    Aunty Matter says:

    Classic BBC bias. Just watched Ed Mongoband and Yvette Little Boy prattling away at a news conference.

    AS soon as ITV’s Lucy Manning asked him a Hard question about having double standards as it was Labour who got G4S involved in the Olympics, the BBC cut away from the conference!!!

  25. 25

    Gove’s signature is… interesting…

  26. 26

    Sorry Neo!

    Have I hit one of you pet favourites?

  27. 27
    BBC Announcement says:

    Sorry for the technical problem. Normal service will be resumed in 2015

  28. 28
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    The BBC are a relic from the past. State media should be shut down.

  29. 29
    AC1 says:

    Since the “kids” are merely there to get more benefitz, what do you expect?

    When you stop paying child ransom to parents, you’ll start seeing people have kids when they can afford them, rather than a shift from sensible people forced by tax to have less kids to make more feckless spawn.

  30. 30

    My “Open Government” is your “Culture of Leaks”

  31. 31
    SP4BS says:

    The best thing to do when things aren’t going right is to give things a new name.

  32. 32
    D. Fatbot MP says:


  33. 33
    misterned says:

    Nope, just because Miliband also is awful and unelectable, that does not mean that another awful looking and unelectable politician suddenly becomes electable.

    It is highly unlikely that the next election will be a choice between Miliband and Gove, so the comparison is not relevant anyway.

    I respect Gove more than most other tory MPs, but I cannot see the country deciding that he is electable.

  34. 34
    Bluebird says:

    I’d rather be doing almost anything rather than watching the opening ceremony for the drug-cheat-and-corruption-a-thon.

    I spotted a microcosm of the games in London’s Seven Sisters recently. It was a closed down public toilet, surrounded by pools of piss in front of a nice clean council office building adorned by expensively printed flags saying ‘celebrate the games’ Sod Off!

  35. 35
    Archer Karcher says:


    David Cameron: I’ll never campaign to take us out of Europe


  36. 36
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    Gove might be to the intellectual end of the Party but he has a squeaky voice and most definitely is no leader of men and women.

  37. 37
    The Public says:

    Can we have another post about Tin Cam then we can comment some more vitriol please?

    Failing that one about Ed Balls kicking a kitten to death

  38. 38
    annette curton says:

    Somebody should commission a graphologist to analyse samples of selected politicians handwriting, the results would be fascinating and I suspect, confirm our worst fears.

  39. 39
    annette curton says:

    A bit of honesty would be refreshing for a change, how about Shite Services or Dunforgbh.

  40. 40
    Ed Miliband says:


  41. 41
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    “David Cameron: I’ll never campaign to take us out of Europe”

    And that, in summary, is why he’s going to lose the next election.

  42. 42
    annette curton says:

    It was a blind old ladies Labrador guide dog (bastard).

  43. 43
    Ex Conservative Voter says:

    Voithe-itht, thurely?

  44. 44
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Lloyds sells off banks cheaply to the Co-op after being ordered to do so by our masters in Eurolalaland, thus swindling the taxpayer yet again.

    If the EU said Lloyds had to sell them for competition reasons why was Lloyds allowed by them to take over HBOS in the first place? This takeover was hurried through by Brown and Darling. So they have defrauded not only Lloyds shareholders but the taxpayer as well. There has been no apology by them, no enquiry and very little media coverage over this scandal and shambles.

  45. 45
    AC1 says:

    He might have passed the curse onto Heir To Blair.

  46. 46
    An Olympic Spokesperson says:

    *The Olympic Opening Ceremony In Full*

    * The scene starts with a typical English cricket match were the players ( all black ) demonstrate an English summers day sport beloved around the world, watched by a crowd of openly lesbian women and men with their transvestite wives.

    * Next one hundred nurses will march across the field and then simultaniously start break dancing to rap music.

    * As the nurses break dance finishes, one thousand extras dressed as Jarrow Marchers, will march into the stadium and proudly chant “the workers united, will never be defeated” as a lone cyclist starts cycling around the track, going faster and faster until he bursts into flames aproaching the winning line.

    * Finally, a one legged lesbian will hop up the thirty nine steps to the light the Olympic flame, as the massed chorus of cricketers, miners and nurses sing “Tomorrow Belongs To Me” backed by the bagpipes of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, as the gay pride rainbow flag slashed with the logos of Olympic sponsors, is raised to the standing applause of David Cameron, along with, unelected officials, assorted mafioso, dicatators and ther crony “third way” enablers.


  47. 47
    calamity jane (ex Tory voter) says:

    And so Dave says ggodbye to the chances of winning a majority. The Non-Conservative Party will sink like the Titanic.

  48. 48
    erm... says:

    dear ……..,
    looking at the handwriting, Mr Gove could not care who GS was.
    if it was G4S.
    GForShucks. then michael might care..
    michael heseltine, michael portillo, michael gove.
    all losers.

  49. 49
    erm... says:

    what was gordy’s mum’s name?

  50. 50
    misterned says:


    David Cameron: I’ll never campaign to take us out of Europe


    I know, I already read it, which is why I am STILL demanding it!

  51. 51
    erm... says:

    Omni……is suddenly interesting. The world so needs something Omni. An opp for Bliar.

  52. 52
    erm... says:

    this should have been a response to No.11.
    I am indeed a number.

    all the best.

  53. 53
    misterned says:

    I thought it would be something like that. Though if it really is, The BBC commentators will not be able to commentate for orgasming.

  54. 54
    erm... says:

    the great swindle starts in childhood. get used to it..
    we were robbed…..sad,true…….essential.
    Bliss everyone.

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    As her Maj would say, and what do you do ?

  56. 56
    Aunty Matter says:

    Should have finished the krauts off in 1945 with the bomb…and the French

  57. 57
    Stick 'em up says:

    Mrs Brown?

  58. 58
    Stick 'em up says:

    The 4th one. Time you knew that

  59. 59
    Stick 'em up says:

    Broadcast widely the fact that the Co-op bank contributes mightily to Liebor Party funds and I suspect a few million folks will move their accounts elsewhere.

  60. 60
    The Golem says:

    Still, humour aside, it’s going to be dire.

  61. 61
    erm... says:

    cannot disagree. *sweet*

  62. 62
    erm... says:

    apologies…i was merely highlighting a pattern.
    in reality…life is progress. it has no winners or losers, life is a game though.
    none of the michael’s though wanted more than anything to be no. 1. all knifed. all failed. all respected, in general.
    I am a blip.
    in the big scheme of things.
    here today gone tomorrow.
    insignificant. If I were to meet HerMaj, I would be pre.selected.
    The answer to your question lies in answer the Queen would want to hear.
    Good to hear your question.
    you feel royal….and there is no better feeling.
    so thanks for sharing.

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