February 27th, 2013

Gove to Education Select Committee: See You Next Thursday

Toby Helm and co have been cock-a-hoop this afternoon with the news that the Labour leaning Education Select Committee are set to recall Michael Gove over his bombastic SpAd Dominic Cummings.  Calling their bluff he has replied asking to come immediately. Tomorrow at the earliest. Cocky… 


  1. 1
    AngryEnglishJon says:

    Class act, our Secretary of State for Education.

  2. 2
    Owin Jones says:

    IDS rattled by news that people remanded for sex offences and conspiracy to murder exempt from bedroom tax while soldiers will pay up.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    That’s a very well written letter, he’s just gone up in my estimation!

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:


  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Cummings himself drafted that letter.

  6. 6
    old SHEP says:

    Gove seems to be the only one that’s got a grip on reality.

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    c u N ext T hursday

  8. 8
    Tomorrow belongs to me. says:

    So not a fud?

  9. 9

    Red’Ed’ucation Select Committee response.

    This committee is responsible for the ideological framework for the debate on the structural environ-social understanding of the needs of teachers and setting classroom doctrine in a 21st century progressive common purpose.

    So learning ’bout stuff don’t need come in to it, do it?

  10. 10
    Gonk III says:

    Select Committees have developed into a form of Political job fair where tribal gobshites can grandstand freely and try to bully and embarrass witnesses.
    Well briefed ministers should be unworried.

  11. 11
    Jimmy says:

    I had no idea that improving children’s lives had been put on hold pending this appearance. Perhaps he should have mentioned this earlier.

  12. 12
    Stepney says:

    A letter that manages to say “I know what I’m doing” and ‘F**K YOU’ simultaneously.


  13. 13
    old SHEP says:

    Please Sir, (puts hand up) I need to go for a piss!.

  14. 14
    AngryEnglishJon says:

    Have you read the letter from Michael Gove? Really read it?

  15. 15
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Oh, good grief, now you’ve got Gove’s goat! Just look at him!

  16. 16
    Miss Priss says:

    What? It’s dreadfully rude, arrogant and snide. No accounting for taste, I suppose.

  17. 17
    anonymouse says:

    Shame Labour seem more interested in downgrading everyone to the lowest common denominator rather than raising standards.
    But then they’ve always been interested in the working classes and keeping them there so they keep voting Labour.

  18. 18
    Jimmy says:

    I have. It displays the modesty, good grace and commitment to transparency that we have all come to associate a man who thought taxpayers should fund an edition of the bible with his name in it.

  19. 19
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    Good letter, imagine he liked posting that. I like the signature with the little mountain peak in the middle symbolizing aspiration.

  20. 20
    old SHEP says:

    Ah, graphology, yes it does look like mount Everest or could be the north face of the Eiger, any chance of him reaching the summits?.

  21. 21
    Jimmy says:

    Thank heaven for this oasis of erudition then

  22. 22
    Nick says:

    The third paragraph isn’t a sentence. This is hardly setting a good example to students who would be marked down for this cavalier attitude towards communication standards…

  23. 23
    GfOM says:

    Spot on!

    Heaven forbid we should return to grammar schools or do anything to really address social mobility; the posh boys might get some competition for the top jobs..


  24. 24
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    Really, why not ?

  25. 25

    Firstly, the term ‘SIR’, is a capitalist, monarchist, anti-proletarian form of address and should never be used as it conforms to class stereotype of underprivileged children being forced to lick clean the boots of the aristocracy in the 1880s and 1980s.
    In future use the more common form of address, such as “Comrade” OR sometimes the teacher’s given or spiritual name or the more common form of address of ‘Oi,mate!”

    Secondly, in a modern, progressive, enlightened teaching environment, the pupil should never have to ask for permission to explore their own needs or embrace their own desires. There is no need to raise your hand.

    In future simply state “I’m going for a piss!” Or , just walk out of the room without the necessity of an explanation or, as some of our most free spirited children do, just piss on the floor.

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Would he have responded like that to Graham Stuart, who is the Committee chair?

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Let’s have a look at the composition of that ‘left-leaning’ committee, shall we?

    Mr Graham Stuart (Chair) Conservative

    Neil Carmichael Conservative

    Alex Cunningham Labour

    Bill Esterson Labour

    Pat Glass Labour

    Charlotte Leslie Conservative

    Siobhain McDonagh Labour

    Ian Mearns Labour

    Chris Skidmore Conservative

    Mr David Ward Liberal Democrat

    Craig Whittaker Conservative

  28. 28
    Jimmy says:

    Perfectly acceptable level of grammar for a note to the milkman perhaps, but one is surely entitled to expect higher standards of written English from a Minister of the Crown.

  29. 29
    old SHEP says:

    Lucy date?, no elucidate.

  30. 30
    Nick says:

    There’s no verb. It’s just a list of possible things. Without the wordiness, it reads “Whether it’s the [blah], [blah] or [blah].”

  31. 31
    Miss Priss says:

    I think you should perhaps put aside whether or not you support Michael Gove’s policies, and read the letter again. To me it suggests the writer is vain, insecure, defensive, arrogant, rude, bullying, and not a little unprofessional.

    Imagine receiving an equivalent letter addressed to you, in whatever your line of work is, after you had asked for a colleague to meet and answer questions about accountability and the behaviour of members of his department.

    Would you trust what that person told you when you met, or would you suspect he was perhaps protesting too much in this letter? Would you not find this response unnecessarily unpleasant and wonder why he felt the need to be so?

    This absolutely give the lie to Gove’s famed courtesy.

  32. 32
    old SHEP says:

    Milk person.

  33. 33
    Nick says:

    Particularly the Secretary of State for Education who has specifically asked exam boards to assess students’ formal communication skills in all exams, not just English.

  34. 34
    Miss Priss says:

    Quite. Either that, or it’s an explanation as to why Mr. Gove see no problem with the ways in which Cummings expresses himself.

  35. 35
    old SHEP says:

    I just wanted to relieve myself, no need for a lecture.

  36. 36
    Glyn H says:

    Well put sir. Cf Vaz and Yeo!

  37. 37

    Blimey, you’re right.

    With David “The Juice” Ward on the panel its positively Fascist.

  38. 38

    But if we don’t lecture you what wold we do all day?

  39. 39
    Tom says:

    Shouty letter from a shouty chap.
    Odd that he thinks the whole DoE Team must wait until he’s had his moment.

  40. 40
    old SHEP says:

    Don’t have to travel that far do I?… wold :-)

  41. 41
    constituency trainbound says:

    gove the action man with bollocks

  42. 42
    Spartacus says:

    as zee french vould zay ‘up your bum’

  43. 43
    potty says:

    it took so long to read I wet myself..sorry sir

  44. 44
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    You are right. It follows on from the previous sentence so I suppose the full stop is to blame.

  45. 45
    cassagova says:

    genitals at ten paces would be my remedy Miss Prissyclit and you’re going down

  46. 46
    Spartacus says:

    he is scotch, so maybe excused

  47. 47
    Every one a nonce says:

    If you think that he’s got bollocks, take a look at his husband.

  48. 48
    Every one a nonce says:

    You’ve seen the film – he’s a queenie little attention seeker.

    With or without make up.

  49. 49
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    as the English archers would say ( waggling middle and index finger) I still have my fingers.

  50. 50
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    Is. Gove in any way related to one. John. Selwyn. Gummer?

    If so will he soon be giving a public exhibition of his children being fed bits of school. Whiteboard as proof that it does not contain mad asbestos disease and thus is totally safe to eat ??

  51. 51
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    Whoaaa hold on there.

    Siobhain. McDonagh is a left leaning left footer.

    That must counterbalance the scales somewhat surely

  52. 52
    Jim says:

    Sorry, do mean the woman whose child was attacked?
    Has anyone heard of the attacker since then?

  53. 53
    Robert Mugabe says:

    I like his style.

  54. 54
    lojolondon says:

    Yes, we noticed that every time Gove or IDS make a move in the right direction, the Liebour trolls in the Civil service ‘misunderstand’ and apply the rules so as to cause the maximum damage. He should fire 80% of the useless bastards so we can have our country back!

  55. 55
    Prescott's chipolata says:

    Yes. Hats off.

  56. 56
    Miss Priss says:

    I don’t suppose I could see yours at that distance. I’ll pass, thanks.

  57. 57
    Miss Priss says:

    Liquid Dairy Product Delivery Operative, thank you very much.

  58. 58
    romanhousing says:

    So is he likely to tell them who issued that snarky attack on Tim Loughton to The Spectator?

    Probably not…I’d like to bet that Loughton knows exactly who it was though.

  59. 59

    He missed a trick though. The last sentence should end….and you can consider where your own energies might MORE PROFITABLY be directed.

  60. 60

    You are of course entitled to your opinion. I would say that the letter is a courteous reply to a political opponent who has shown little inclination to work with Mr. Gove in carrying out much-needed reforms to the sclerotic system of in-built failure that is Labour’s educational inheritance but has instead spent her time in incoherent disruptive activity designed only to waste time. I would have been much more abrupt.

  61. 61
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    You cannot stop the Governator, ever. His fuel cells enable him to operate on full power, 24 hours per day for 1825 days. When he finishes destroying the Select Committee, his eyes turn red and he says “I’ll be back”.

  62. 62
    Swollen Glands says:

    God Almighty,
    I went to the local grammar and I can guarantee it met the requirements of meeting social mobility, IN SPADES.
    What do you really object to about them – money played no part – just ability.
    Frightened, are you ????

  63. 63
    Swollen Glands says:

    and furthermore, don’t you find it it funny that the main voices against grammar schools all went to paid-for public schools.

  64. 64
    Crabwaladr Moonpatch says:

    Subtlety not your strong suit, Grumpy?

  65. 65
    Big Momma says:

    Labour are a bit like the church a few centuries ago.
    Restrict real education to themselves and their servants, and freeze out the others to a much lesser education, so that they can be browbeaten to be led by their betters in the church (and now Labour).
    The printing press got rid of the church.
    Now we need a similar weapon to get rid of Labour masquarading as Socialists.

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Does this man have an idea of the impression that he has created among absolutely everyone outside his little political bubble?

    Do carry on, Mr Gove, it’s lovely to see a man so busily digging hs own political grave

  67. 67
    Pundit Too. says:

    Sending a demand letter to Gove is like asking for return punishment in spades.
    Someone should be making an inventory of his letters to use later as part of the education of our schoolchildren.

  68. 68
    Pundit Too. says:

    “should” not “can”

  69. 69
    Pundit Too. says:

    Pity he does not take on the BBC more.
    They obviosly consider him dangerous as they mention him more than any other Conservative always in a derogatory way, especially through their tame totally unfunny champagne socialist “comedians”
    From what I have heard the BBC should have M. Grillo and his lovely wife on to show us how humour and sharpness is really done.

  70. 70
    Pundit Too. says:

    Talking head with not a brain between them.
    Hodge and Vazeline are the worst.

  71. 71
    Pundit Too. says:

    What? Gideon?

  72. 72
    Officer Dibble says:

    That’s why Labour are so scared of him.

    You’ll notice a particular brand of invective railed against him by the self-appointed darlings of BBC Comedy in order to get a cheap laugh from their obedient and “on message” audiences.

  73. 73
    Freud says:

    Haha Miss Priss! I get it now.
    You are simply describing your own inner self as Ms Hodge.
    The question of vanity and jealousy interact within you to a degree that ensures that you are incapable of making decisions of value.
    My bill is in the post.

  74. 74
    Big Momma says:

    Like Gordon Brown?
    He could only use crayons and highlighters.

  75. 75
    Joe Public. says:

    We seem to have really woken up the Labour sperm bank activists this time.
    Perhaps they can come up with their own shadow ministers’ letters showing their real edukashun?
    No! Thought not, as they consider this Spad’s work.

  76. 76
  77. 77
    Curly says:

    Ooops, wrong button.

    +2. The problem is that half the civil service these days were ejekatid under Labour and really actually DO misunderstand what they are being asked/instructed to do – and they have lots of Pilgrims to assist (just to make sure). Have you ever tried writing to them on any subject and got a coherent reply which addresses your points? Try it sometime.

    A great letter from Mr Gove – that’s the way to do it!

  78. 78
    Curly says:

    King James?

  79. 79
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Specsavers is that way >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  80. 80
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    5 Conservative
    5 Liebor
    1 Lib Dem

    That is left leaning by any measure!

  81. 81
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Thought you were on the way across the Channel? What kept you?

  82. 82
    freddie fraudster says:

    I love it when Hatty – granddaughter of a Countess – lectures us on social mobility

  83. 83
    William says:

    Then you go and spoil it by omitting the full stop. Nice turn o’ phrase though!

  84. 84
    Had enough says:

    Yes he’s a wonderful man doing a great job putting it up the educationists weird lefties.

  85. 85
    Teacher says:

    Third paragraph of Gove’s letter has very poor grammar. 2/10 – must make a better effort next time!

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Wanker Gove gets everything arse upwards as usual.

  87. 87
    John Bellingham says:

    Wrong! Read Gower’s “Plain Words”. “Should” is an recommendation while “Can” is an obligation. The Labour lot are OBLIGED to get their fingers out of their bums.

  88. 88
    vGfOM says:

    You don’t do sarcasm/ irony do you, Swollen Glands?

  89. 89
    Miss Priss says:

    Erm, that’s *irony* in the comment you’ve replied to.

  90. 90
    Miss Priss says:

    Courteous? Really? Can’t you see the sarcasm? You must spend your life in a blissful haze of incomprehension…

  91. 91
    Miss Priss says:

    Well, Dr. Freud, I see that being dead and buried hasn’t done much for your cognitive ability or grasp of syntax.

  92. 92
    Miss Priss says:

    Personally, I don’t believe that discourtesy and arrogance are the preserve of any particular party affiliation; and conversely there are also people of courtesy, honour and decency on all sides.

    Michael Gove, for all his famous ‘charm’, seems on the evidence of this letter not to be one of them. I have a lower opinion of him as a result (not that he will care about that!).

  93. 93
    Benny Fitz says:

    Gus O’Donnell went to a grammar school. I should know, I was there with him.

  94. 94
    Agincourt says:

    English Schminglish. They were Welsh.

  95. 95
    A la chie-en-lit! says:

    Nak off you vinegar-faced old spinster.

  96. 96
    Geordieboy says:

    Gove is brilliant at the verbal diahorrea and should have no problem dealing with the fuckwit Labour tossers.

  97. 97
    Yvette Balls says:

    Complete twat

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