March 14th, 2013

Gove Slap Down to Select Committee Bunglers in Full

Yesterday’s supposed Gove grilling by Labour’s Education select committee bunglers turned out to be a damp squib, with Bill Esterson not knowing the difference between the department’s permanent civil servant and the education editor of the Indy. Afterwards fellow Labour MP Ian Mearns wrote to Gove trying to salvage some dignity. He probably shouldn’t have bothered:

Some might say he floats like a butterfly


  1. 1
    A BBC Weather presenter says:

    I like the scribbled signature, which is code for “F uck the f uck off”.

  2. 2
    old SHEP says:

    More of an inept committee than a select committee.

  3. 3
    Faint Praise says:

    Well I’ll be damned.

  4. 4
    graham smith says:

    what are these committees for? they are solely to procrastinate awkward issues and a sign saying “we are doing something” about awkward issues.They invariably include a perk such as a holiday for the members and are dismissed out of hand by government

  5. 5

    In the language of diplomacy, there are quite amazingly so many ways to say fuck off.

  6. 6
    gramma says:

    Socialist Select Committee input had little or nothing to do with the state of education. Poor attempt to play the man and not the ball.
    Always pleasant to the ear to view / listen to an intelligent politician like Gove speaking the Queen’s English.
    When Dave ‘retires’, Gove must stand a good chance of taking over the reins.

  7. 7
    old SHEP says:

    Moving on = do you like sex and travel?.

  8. 8
    BBC PR Dept says:

    “Gove roasted alive by Select Committee, signally failing to answer simultaneous lines of questioning, at best flailing like a fish out of water.”

    There, our friends in labour HQ, rescued it fo you.

    It’s what we do.

  9. 9
    Gonk III says:

    ‘moving on’ to Tasmania would be one such move. Or Namibia, or Mars.

  10. 10
    Behind the Kindly face says:

    Guido, you must be delighted that a Fanatical Jesuit and friend of the Argentinian Junta has been installed as Pope .

  11. 11
    Don't say you weren't warned says:

    Beware the Ides of March (tomorrow).

  12. 12
    Curly says:

    Go forth and multiply…

    (but he came fifth and lost his beer money)

  13. 13
    Steve Miliband says:

    Look forward to Toby Helm writing about this in the Not Very Observant.

  14. 14
    a non says:

    A comment that is the pitts surely

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    What about Lord Ahmed ? The arrogance of that odious man.

  16. 16
    THE IDES of MARCH says:

    good morning sir , i fear the modds have it in for me again

  17. 17
    Pope Frances says:

    I say you there Cardinal Sin ,First thing you can do is order me a huge carpet to sweep all the sexual abuse crimes under

  18. 18
    old SHEP says:

    William the younger or William the elder?.

  19. 19

    I wish you a good second of Ides, sir.

    More monikers = more visitors (to those who seek to drіve consumer behaviour.)

  20. 20
    East India Company Wallah says:

    Yes a friend of the junta in much the same way those the Nazis didnt kill must have been supporters-idiot

  21. 21
    a non says:

    Now , you’re blameshifting.

  22. 22
    Vince Cable's rucksack says:

    PML – P*ssing myself laughing!

  23. 23
    roflmao says:

    Piss poor NuLab can’t even put a wanker in his place.

    Roll on regime change.

  24. 24
    Chris says:

    Blimey, ‘pp’ (per procurationem) used correctly!

  25. 25
    Nogbad the Bad says:

    The Governator cannot be stopped, ever.

  26. 26
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Tess May you have a competitor.

  27. 27
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    Sounds more like a bleeding heart Liebourite with his concerns for the “poor”.

  28. 28
    G Brown - best Chancellor ever says:

    No chance. He has a radio face.

  29. 29
    Sir Humphrey says:

    Our Civil Service insists on a classical education.

  30. 30
    Jimmy says:

    The important thing to remember is that when a Spad writes to the newspapers that is private correspondence and none of the plebs’ business. If the Department feels you need to know something they will tell you.

  31. 31
    Ivor Biggun says:

    A beautiful putdown. I didn’t think he had it in him. Way to go, Govey Baby.

  32. 32
    lojolondon says:

    Every time I see Michael Gove slapping with these idiots down, I like him a little bit more.

  33. 33

    The next First Lord of the Treasury

  34. 34
    Evan Davies - THE BBC Sniggering Teenager says:

    I can snigger better than Owen Jones or anyone in the media.

  35. 35
    Joe Public says:

    + 1 MILLION

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