November 4th, 2013

Tory Education SpAds Move On

Henry de Zoete becomes the second Gove SpAd to quit in as many months. With Observer front page veteran Dom Cummings off to open a new free school, now James Forsyth reports de Zoete is leaving to give a successor time to settle in before 2015. Guido hears Toby Helm is being lined up to replace him…


  1. 1
    Mitch says:



  2. 2
    Team Gove..Energy and Ideas in Action says:

    Got to be one of the best teams in Westminster to work for.


  3. 3
    David Cameron says:

    How interesting not.


    • 9
      Reader says:

      For once I agree with you.


    • 10
      Big Yawnies says:

      Indeed. I think I’ll go and rearrange my compost heap.


    • 14
      Casual Observer 3 says:

      It is a little interesting, considering that the previous to resign from Gove, Cummings, was advising staff to use GMail rather than internal departmental.

      Knowing now how GMail is completely compromised by NSA, and that the advice to use non-secure communication was strange in the first place, one suspects that Gove’s or his department has been deliberately targeted.


      These gaps should be tightened as such actions cannot be in the public interest.


      • 18
        Zebedee says:

        Surely, his request to use Gmail was in order to avoid departmental leaks rather than concerns about international espionage?


        • 26
          Casual Observer 3 says:

          Yes, I am sure it was, and that is why Government spent a lot of money on a secured electronic communication system rather than just save money at the outset by using G’Mail / Y’ahoo or one of the others.

          How does communicating on a foreign owned service via servers located in a foreign country help reduce leaks ? :-)


          • Zebedee says:

            Because a casual departmental leaker wouldn’t either be able or inclined to trawl foreign servers. You might be making them seem more competent than they actually are – the leaker, I mean.


          • Little Bo Peep says:

            Yes, but really, what is there to leak? Is ejerkashun reform really international espionage material? Unless somebody is trying to interfere with the international education stats…


  4. 6
    Meanwhile away from The Government's best minister over to Dave's tame pet Minister says:


    • 32
      Anonymous says:

      Those seats are empty because the men who were sitting in them gave them up to feminists who then had a fit of the vapours and flounced out.


  5. 8
    Rip Van Winkle says:



  6. 11
    Reader says:

    Michael Gove is looking more and more like Tory Boy every day


  7. 12
    Squeaker Bercow says:

    The man who thinks women should clean behind the fridge more is live with Julia at 2.30! Get your calls in for Godfrey Bloom 08456060973


  8. 15
    Britain RIP says:

    Look, we have armed coppers. Can they just find this dirty muzee who’s on the run and put 40 rounds into him? Otherwise, if caught alive, he’s likely to get a free council house and a lifetime of bennies.


  9. 21
    Sally Bercow says:

    Don’t u hate avin a ichy bum?


  10. 22
    Baldy Watch says:

    Who’s the baldy in the back?


  11. 23
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    My brain now hurts.


  12. 27
    Cabbage says:

    Looks like the podium for winner of Biggest Slaphead of the Year.


  13. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Be really radical and don’t appoint Spads. It’s like paying someone to do your homework.


  14. 36
    Eeyore says:

    Ye gods – what a weird-looking bunch. Good job they’re not running anything important…..

    What, it’s SCHOOLS???



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