March 13th, 2013

WATCH LIVE: Gove Faces Education Select Committee

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A must-watch this morning: Gove is up before the Education select committee. Tune in here



  1. 1
    Theresa May says:

    I watched this yesterday

    • 2

      Were you in the Babylon Zoo video?

      • 3
        Anonymous says:

        Government should charge a nominal amount from parents for schooling. £1,000 a year will be a start.

        • 5
          Ben E Fits says:

          Who will pay this for my bairns?

          • Anonymous says:

            Cut taxes to pay for fees. It will end up improving schools as people only pay for goods and services they need and will complain it its poor standard.

          • Mitch says:

            Abolish income tax and pay directly for services – health, education, etc. Then we would see some quite dramatic improvements and savings.

        • 6
          Mitch says:

          I think we already pay much more than that.

        • 9

          I think the actual figure government currently charges is £9,000.
          That’s the cost that taxpayers pay. Of course, “THE RICH” those horrible, evil people, are also paying for all the people who don’t earn enough to pay that sort of tax.
          And they are probably not even sending their kids to a state school, so are paying twice for their own kids. And taxpayers with no kids are also paying.

        • 12
          Anonymous says:

          Government should be responsible for basic education extras should be paid. There could be grants for skills that are needed but in short supply.

          Basic education is the ability to read, write and count.

          • Catty Comment (Ms) says:

            … not drink, smoke, work out the cross-double odds on the 2.30, and swear? My, times have changed….

    • 7
      BBC spokesman on yet another jolly says:

      You can catch up with all the Vatican fun on iPrayer.

    • 61
      @bourgeoisie4 says:

      bourgeoisie ‏@bourgeoisie4
      @OwenJones84 breadline? is that a technical term? The propagandist tries to stimulate others to accept without challenge his own assertions.

      Owen Jones ‏@OwenJones84
      @OwenJones84′s account is protected.

      Jones doesn’t appear to like a ‘conversation”

    • 69
      Dr.Who says:

      I watched it 5 light years ago.

    • 70
      Theresa May's second thought says:

      Is it on on Fiday?

    • 76
      Anonymous says:

      This tweet from the BBC is crass and unnecessary. Do we really need silly innuendo about the race of the next Pope?…— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) March 12, 2013

      • 89
        lammy to the slaughter says:

        the commies are going to chop your big black cock off and make you eat it you stupid fucking spastic.

  2. 4
    Vince says:

    I have had no bin collection today.

  3. 15
    Just wondrin says:

    How long does it take the CPS to change a light-bulb?

    About the same time it takes them to arrest an Elm House ” name”.

  4. 16
    Rob Roy says:

    I hoped someone is going to ask him about that school in Oldham and the land .

  5. 17
    Abu Qatada says:

    My very good friend Theresa has asked me to come on here and rubbish Michael Gove but I am worried it will break my bail conditions.

  6. 26
    Steve Miliband says:

    warming up -

  7. 27
    Footage leaked of Chris Huhne's cellmate says:

  8. 32
    Bubba says:
  9. 34
    They're all the same says:

    Is this Michael “when I worked for a living (well, worked for newspaper) I went on strike, but now strikes are evil and ideological” Gove?

    • 38
      Mitch says:

      Are you implying hypocrisy??

    • 48
      Extremists should be shot says:

      If some journo in the private sector goes on strike for more pay, no one cares, they should just go an get a better salary somewhere else, but when the strikers are in the public sector and they’re not striking for more money but are instead having the usual leftie moan about performance-related pay, then yes, they are being ideological.

  10. 36

    Gove made mincemeat of the two Labour committee members there.

    What a pair of tossers!

    • 40
      Abdel from Tooting says:

      I am still waiting as promised for a full explanation about how horse meat got into my beef burgers and why my country has impregnated the European food chain with bute .

      • 45
        Have those Aussie DJ's been extradited yet says:

        I think we should insist that the Government sort out one mess at a time.

        It is far too easy for them to sweep things under the carpet by changing the subject .

        • 53
          Extremists should be shot says:

          And have those foster kids been returned to the UKIP foster parents? And has the stupid bitch who had the kids taken away been sacked yet?

          Oh, and that ex-communist who runs the NHS Deathcamps and oversaw the slaughter of thousands of people – has Cameron done a U-turn and sacked him yet? Along with his newly-appointed assistant Dame Whatshername? And are the police looking into corporate manslaughter charges?

          The government might hope we forget about theses things, but we don’t, and they keep piling, day after day.

  11. 37
  12. 39

    Sarah Wollaston MP said on Twitter at the weekend that the prime minister should open up his inner circle.

    Thought he had done that already with gay marriage…

  13. 41
    Funny that says:

    “Half of British children will be ‘below breadline’ by 2015″

    Maybe, but somehow most will be obese.

    • 43
      Polly Toynbee says:

      Poverty is measured by in PS3s and Smatphones these days and not food, clothes and a roof.

      • 52

        According to the report its measured by overseas holidays.
        Now all the middle class are below the breadline because the weak pound means no Florida Disneyland this year!

        oh, the humanity!

        • 60
          Extremists should be shot says:

          Other good measure of ‘poverty’ as defined by Labour would be size and number of plasma TVs in the household, number of subscription satellite channels received, broadband speed and of course the type of iPads in the household (iPad 2 being more an indication of poverty than an iPad 3, for example).

        • 72
          The Expenses man he says says:

          Dear Bill

          What you really need is an iPad with the retina screen. A steal at only an expense claim of only £70 more than your current model. You could do with the latest version so you don’t feel deprived. Go on you know you are worth it.


    • 49
      Lost in Clacton says:

      Below the breadline you say .

      Just give them cake I say.

    • 57
      Storm clouds over Camoron says:

      Probably because they ate the “breadline”, 13 years of Liebour and billions pissed over this childrens breadline by Broon and it’s still with us, it’s become like illegal drugs, a bloody good employer of uncivil servants chasing or pretending to sort the problem ou, must be somewhere where taxpayers money is drying up, hence the usual shout of help the “poor”.

    • 64
      Call me Dave says:

      Oh you all want to moan moan moan but what the hell about all the Indian gun boats that are below the water line huh?


      No thought not

    • 71
      (I don't need no doctor) says:

      And their parents will still have fags, piercings and tattoos.

      • 79
        Britain is ungovernable says:

        Poverty should be measured by the number of tattoos on foreskins

      • 83
        Benefit claimants are sickening parasitic filth says:

        But at least one lot of piercings is out of view because the iPhone 5 on the 24 month / £33 per month contract is permanently affixed to one ear. Usually while calling taxi companies to come and pick them (and their beer) up from Asda or Aldi.

        • 88
          Cato Street Conspirator says:

          Do I detect a little bit of the ‘politics of envy’ here? I mean, one of life’s failures grasping around to try and find someone he can feel superior to. Pathetic.

  14. 63
    Gordon Brown says:

    I feel pretty,
    Oh, so pretty,
    I feel pretty and witty and bright!
    And I pity
    Any girl who isn’t me tonight!

    I feel charming,
    Oh, so charming
    It’s alarming how charming I feel!
    And so pretty
    That I hardly can believe I’m real!

  15. 68
    Chuka Umunna says:

    Straight outta Streatham
    Crazy motherfucker named Chuka
    From the party whose voters are suckers
    When I’m called off
    I got a sawn off
    Squeeze the trigger
    And bodies are hauled off
    You too boy if you fuck with me
    Lee Jasper is gonna have to come and get me
    Off your ass
    That’s how I’m goin out
    For the punk motherfuckers that’s showin out
    Voters start to mumble
    They wanna rumble
    Mix ‘em and cook ‘em in a pot like gumbo
    Goin’ off on a motherfucker like that
    With a gat
    That’s pointed at your ass
    So give it up smooth
    Ain’t no tellin when I’m down for a jack move
    Here’s a murder rap to keep you dancin’
    With a crime record like Peter Mandelson
    Early Day Motion is the tool
    Don’t make me act the motherfuckin fool
    Me you can go toe to toe, no maybe
    I’m knockin voters out the box, daily
    Yo weekly, monthly and yearly
    Until them dumb motherfuckers see clearly
    That I’m down with the capital N-U-T
    Boy you can’t fuck with me
    So when I’m in your neighborhood
    You better duck
    Coz Chuka Umunna is crazy as fuck
    As I leave, believe I’m stompin
    But when I come back, boy
    I’m comin straight outta Streatham

  16. 74
    Man with arm up Gove's bum says:

    Back in the box Govey.

  17. 75
    Hank the Cat says:

    Just a thought if the conclave of the cardinals in the Vatican cannot reach a majority decision will they form a coalition

    • 78
      Paniagua Solo says:

      A circle more like. All up each others bums

    • 100
      Curly says:

      Nope, they’ll have a “last man standing” punch up a la Smackdown.

      Faites vos jeux (ooh, am I allowed to use that word on here?)

  18. 84
    Sir Nigel Garage City trader says:

    I am a self appointed economist

    I speculate in commodities

    The Bank of England should print more money so commodity prices in the UK EXPLODE

    The people pay and I win


  19. 85
    A thinking economist says:


    The market has failed

    Is capitalsm finished?

    • 90
      Thomas Sowell says:

      The government basically targeting stock market indexes and staging massive interventions in order to look after their banker friends and ‘advisors’ is not ‘Capitalism’.

      You are suggesting that the massive market distorting effect of Socialism by the back door will be solved by letting Socialism drive a coach and horses through the front door.

      Back to true market price discovery I say!

      In short, f*ck you. You are insidiously wrong.

  20. 87
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Gove: a face that asks to be punched.

    • 91
      JH2309840239450934 says:

      I hope your kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews really really ‘benefit’ from attending a black culture worship centre (AKA ‘school’).

      Gove is one of the few bright spots in this turgid, Guardian-reader-appeasing government.

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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”

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