April 23rd, 2014

Where Could Gove be Going?

Conversation in Westminster never seems more than two minutes away from reshuffle speculation, with attention focusing on the weeks after the European elections. The argument that Cameron should delay in order to keep wannabes in line over the summer is outweighed by the fact that in doing so he would be putting ministers in jobs for barely six months before an election. With No.11, FCO and the Home Office out of play, one question that keeps coming up is what to do about Michael Gove? With little time to reform another high spending department speculation is growing he could be given a more frontline role for the general election – as party chairman.

The theory goes that Cameron will need to throw an authentic Eurosceptic bone to the party ahead of 2015 after the UKIP drubbing, and Gove, as inner-ish circle, can be trusted not to go off the reservation. As ConservativeHome said this morning, there is a precedent for putting up pugnacious chairman in election years: “It’s worth noting that the nearer a poll got, the bigger a hitter the Chairman was likely to be: Parkinson, Tebbit and Patten were all pre-election chairmen.” Though the question that comes to Guido’s mind is, would he want the job?

And what would happen over at education? Osborne protege Hancock stepping up to replace Gove is worth a punt, with Liz Truss eyeing up Willets cabinet attending job at BIS. If Guido was a betting man…


  1. 1
    Edukashun Edukashion Educachun says:

    First. Does that make me a winner?

  2. 2
    Pissarro says:

    Hmmm, Gove better in a fight than Shapps could ever be. A fighter is what you need and Gove may just give you that edge ….. when takes the specs off run for cover …..

  3. 3
    catesby says:

    Gove will turn out to be another Hague fanatically pro-eu and entirely careerist. Well hopefully his y-chromosome won’t hold him back or his alleged ‘right-wing’ tendencies.

  4. 4
    Pravda aka BBC says:

    HELL ?

  5. 5
  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    He’s doing such an excellent Job of Terrorising all those Teachers who have been failing children for years (including me) – we need to wait and find out if standards are improving, because the fun I would having seeing him rub in the face of the nuts!

  7. 7
    Maria Miller says:

    Welcome to the hornet’s nest of UKIP MEP selections, expulsions, lies, tapes and Farage table banging. https://www.facebook.com/cllrchris.pain?fref=ts

  8. 8
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Hague has many questions to answer.

    And not just about whether Gaddafi flew to South America or not.

  9. 9
    M103 says:

    Election approaching, smiling Gideon wants the big job and is delivering ‘good news’ at a rate of knots. the real situation for the poor and dispossessed doesn’t matter so he keeps silent about that and does a bit less than nothing. However, smiles and Cheshire cats or crocodiles spring to mind..

  10. 10
    Keitho says:

    Smartest guy in the Conservative ranks by a mile. Let’s hope Dave and Co put him to the best use. Company CEO seems a bit limiting though.

  11. 11
    - says:

    sell cadbury (nestle).
    urge to eat the one quid fruit & nut bar?
    no worries.
    just press the nerve (the correct one) in the mouth in the gum…and the need goes.

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    You’re getting like Labour, unable to spell names. Surely Willetts? See me after

  13. 13
    C.O.Jones says:

    Any parent who values their children’s education will regret his moving. He is doing an excellent job.

  14. 14
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    Camoron it to late, he can throw all the bones he want’s, he’s let his voters down, we will see next month, by how many, who have left the Conartists, the EU elections are important as that’s where the power lies, the 2015 General Election mean nothing now ,they’re just elections for the HOC council, like a town council, a council with no boroughs but just troughing seats.

  15. 15
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Climate Change – de-bolloxed.

    There is some detail in the meta data.

    Whilst in the process of building a raw dataset of ICOADS data – the data which is collected by ships – I can make this preliminary observation.

    Between 1931 and 2013 the average size of a data file has increased from about 15Mb to somewhere close to 700Mb.

    That is, data acquisition from shipping has increased by about 8Mb per year, if a linear fit is used, however, the data clearly shows that the amount of data collated per year has been growing at an exponential rate.

    This is very preliminary and coarse.

    I shall provide more details when the full data set is in, but there does appear to be a relationship between the modest increase in reported land temperature and the increase in data being gathered.

    (Breakdown of growth of grid points may be of interest).

    Am suspecting that this correlation may be spurious and could be more a function of government funding levels for weather data acquisition, and perhaps an increase in the total number of vessels reporting data.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Send him back to Newsnight Review.

  17. 17
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    Just like Liebour used to, even down miscounting the troops on their way home, do the poor have to have less than 3 cars sitting on the Council house garden grass and a 24″ flat screen tv to be poor, just like to get a lefties definition of being poor.

  18. 18
    Maria Miller says:

    The so called “hard working” & vulnerable people are paying off the banks debt while the rich keep on getting richer. Wake up!

  19. 19
    M103 says:

    IDS and Gove are out of control, and May is sharpening her knives in public. Osborne only puts up with him because nobody would ever vote for him to be PM, and Boris only just manages to hide his contempt.

    Cameron and his corrupt government has to go.

  20. 20
    Chutney raita popadum says:

    Is India just one country of foul mouthed scammers?

  21. 21
    anonymouse says:

    No it make you a prat.

  22. 22
    jgm2 says:

    No. they’re paying off Labour’s debt. Don’t for one second confuse the 60bn or so ‘bailout’ with the 500bn added to the national debt by Labour.

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    No just a product of a NUT endorsed eduction !

  24. 24
    Hugh Janus says:

    And it would be seen as giving in to the ever-whining teachers. Who else is there of Gove’s calibre to take them on?

  25. 25
    Hugh Janus says:


  26. 26
    jgm2 says:

    Gove, unfortunately for himself and the Tories is, like Ed Miliband, an awkward, gawky-looking freak.

    He should be kept well away from TV in the run-up to the election so that the true awfulness of Nasal Ned is in no way diluted to the voters.

  27. 27
    just like that says:

    after david threlfall’s success as tommy cooper on tv – wouldn’t he be the ideal clown / showman / big hitter as tory chairman

  28. 28
    Four-eyed English Genius says:


  29. 29
    Gooey Blob says:

    You know Ukip supporters are getting a little anxious when they claim that European elections are more important than general elections. Come 2015, the only question anyone will ask himself is “who is best placed to stop Labour locally?”

  30. 30
    Londoner says:

    I used to think Gove was sort of OK, but that photo of him using the fake Tony Blair hand gestures has just placed him firmly into the Westminster dickhead category.

  31. 31
    Iain Duncan Smith says:

    I saw a Vote UKIP trailer being towed up the M5 today………..some fucking idiots on the road,these days

  32. 32
    Gooey Blob says:

    Thanks for that, but given that the only alternative is Ed and Ed, most of us would prefer Cameron and his government to stay on.

  33. 33
    Londoner says:

    If by then the Scots have left us, that question will not matter very much any more. England will finally be free of its anti-democratic Labour shackles and we can clear out the rotten boroughs and the rigged electoral system.

  34. 34
    David Axlegrease says:

  35. 35
    jgm2 says:

    If UKIP can come first in the Euros (and it’s a big ‘if’) then suddenly the best-placed candidate to stop Labour locally may well be a UKIP candidate.

  36. 36
    M103 says:

    The Chinese leadership nearly all have an engineering and science education up to doctorate level – they take their jobs seriously and with confidence, based upon years of moving through the system before reaching the top. Our jackasses get out of school where they have specialized in such high tech subjects as towel folding or bubble blowing for all the real world experience they might have had.

    They are geared to certain failure, every time they get into office!!!

  37. 37
    Londoner says:

    To which the Coalition has added how much?

  38. 38
    C.O.Jones says:

    Why do they all look so happy? Is there a trough behind the photographer?

  39. 39
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    It’s really past who gets in, in 2015, LibLabCon just one side same of the same triangle, when one of them gets to take power in 2015 the circle is just carried on, Lab/Con, Lab/Lib Con, no change the people of the country get poorer and poorer and £50million a day goes to the EU and the LibLabCon voters carry on moaning and everything is just the same.

  40. 40 says:

    Milliband, like Obama and unlike most of the rest, has political aims which are not 100% selfish, a trait which will remain apparent to thoughtful observers despite all the hysterical and unintelligent personal assaults of the tribal right wing press.

  41. 41
    Just saying says:

    In the photograph of Gove at the top, someone has Photoshopped out the strings and Murdoch’s hands above him.

  42. 42
    C.O.Jones says:

    The coalition have doubled it. But here is the rub (now listen carefully).

    Labour left a fucked up economy that was so dysfunctional income could not meet the governments commitments so they had to continue borrowing or cut public services.


  43. 43
    Mrs Tea says:


  44. 44
    St. Anthony Bliar says:

    We must improve our children’s education by creating more history for them to study. We can best achieve this in the short term by invading Syria. In the longer term we shall look for other places to invade.

  45. 45
    Engineer says:

    I’m struggling a bit seeing the words ‘big hitter’ and ‘Patten’ in the same sentence, but whatever…

    Gove? Leave him where he is. It’s very rare indeed to get a Minister that actually does a really good job. Let him carry on doing it as long as possible, and there will then be less chance of good work being undone by someone less competent and committed.

  46. 46
    Aussie says:

    Bring in this guy. A proper politician…

  47. 47
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Did you know that in certain states in the US the ‘public’ are allowed to call for referendums of their choice twice a year? But we don’t have that kind of public service here – i wonder why?

  48. 48
    Thrill Seeker says:

    India is an odd country. I once spent a month there and had quite a good time, but I also had the fun of having someone try to scam me every single day I was there, either in the street, in a restuarant or at the hotel I was staying. My secretary had warned me about this (she was Indian) and said don’t worry about being thought racist: just call it as it is: if someone tries to scam you, don’t be shy about telling them to fuck off and complaining about them. In the end it did get a bit tedious, but there was a certain anticipation to be had wondering what new angle someone would try each day as I was getting up. It really was every single day, by the way, that is no exagerration. If the scamps had missed one I would have noticed. Still, it is worth going once in your life. Everyone who advocates India as the next big hope for investment should understand what kind of mindset prevails there and temper any of their naive enthusiasms accordingly.

  49. 49
    Engineer says:

    Has he got any policies to back it up though? Or is he still working on the Blank Sheet of Paper?

  50. 50
    Purpletastic says:

    Too true, giggled when I heard about the Birmingham Trojan Horse inquiry.

    Socialists, comminists, anarchists, pacifists, feminists and others have been doing the same thing for 40 years.

    The things I saw teachers get up to! Including one who read paperbacks hidden in a textbook all day instead of doing any actual teaching. We were left to work though text books on our own.

  51. 51
    The only Country in Europe not to have its own paliament is England says:

    He could go back to his own Country and get elected there, and impose his political will on his own kind.

  52. 52
    The only Country in Europe not to have its own paliament is England says:

    PS Happy St Georges Day

  53. 53
    Thrill Seeker says:

    But they didn’t cut public services, they carried on borrowing. Idiots.

  54. 54
    Outsider says:

    ……….I,m not racist but,……….Ed Miliband is looking more ethnic,…in a good way,you understand,..everyday, or ,and I hope I am wrong, he has hep C…

  55. 55
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Falstaff : Ed Balls.
    A Fool: Ed Miliband.

  56. 56
  57. 57
    jgm2 says:

    I think you can safely blame the bedwetting liberals for that one.

  58. 58
    Lover of the Subjunctive Mood says:

    If Guido were a betting man…

  59. 59
    Avon Willie says:

    King John Bercow
    The Merry Wife of Bercow
    Romeo and Julian
    Gove’s “Labour’s Lost”
    The Short-Listing of the Shrew
    As You Like It, we’ll promise it.
    Gordon’s “Much Ado about Nothing Percent”
    Antony and Cherie-postbox (The story of a traitor to his country and a vain spendthrift who refused to bow before her rightful monarch)
    John “Secretariate? Seize-her”
    Oateno — the tragic rise and fall of a brown man
    Winter of Discontent’s Tale
    All’s Well that Ends on Expenses
    Camlet: the tragedy of a man born to rule who could not make up his mind
    The Lover’s Complaint (a medical procedural)
    The Passionate Pilgrim
    Penis and Adonis

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Given such a giant ministry any changes would be purely cosmetic so close to polling day.Unless of course it’s all about promoting more of George’s mates prior to his Leadership bid.

  61. 61
    Abdel from Tooting says:

    Surely if David Cameron cares for the children of this country he will keep Micky Grove as Education Secretary because he is doing a really excellent job.

    It is only right that our chidren benefit from a tip top Minister.

  62. 62
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Can certainly blame weak leadership by Cameron.

    Without a convincing majority – hence mandate – the government knows it risked a revolution if they did the right thing.

    Doing the right thing – cutting public services – would have created G’reece like conditions in the UK, with a lot more inflation. The extreme political instability would have been greater in the UK because Cameron’s government did not have strong enough mandate.

    This does not excuse the government lying to the people about the state of the economy, and in particular the deficit – why it was growing – and also what all the borrowed money during the Labour years was being spent on at that time.

    The monetary rub to all this is in order to rebalance the economy it will be necessary to pop the asset price bubbles – particularly housing.

    Unless a government is elected with a clear mandate to do that and restore the UK economy to what many would consider a normal and rational state, the UK is in for more of the same.

    There is no such thing as a free lunch, and it remains to be seen if the debt owed will be inflated away gently, or paid for literally in blood.

    The overall debt levels are not too important in the grand scheme of things. What is important is the dependence on large sections of the UK economy day to day on money borrowed from the international markets.

    – That is why the deficit and how it is changing is actually the most crucial fiscal / monetary policy issue facing the UK right now.

  63. 63
    A Droyd says:

    Breast enlargement clinic?

  64. 64
    Avon Willie says:

    Will Sally Bercow as Doll Tearsheet

  65. 65
    Socialist/Liberal-I know best says:

    Shut up and do as you’re told!

  66. 66
    Jugs says:

    Is Grove in that picture talking about Nigella Lawson’s assets?

  67. 67
    Richard says:

    What is the point of UKIP being in the European Parliament when they hate the place? They might hate the place but they just adore the gravy-train, none more so than Farage.

  68. 68
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    Just like the plans he had when he was Browns go for, Co2 tax, wind tax. plane tax, escalating petrol tax, throwing billions on windmills and not building any power stations, surprisingly like Obama,I hadn’t realised we had any right wing press, as a member of the right wing tribe, I don’t read them,

  69. 69
    The EU says:

    Referenda are for evil hell-holes like Switzerland.

  70. 70
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    But you can hate the EU even more if you get paid to hate them, just like all those charities who hate the government and get paid loads of money from the government to hate them, gotta earn a crust while your doing your job of hating.

  71. 71
    The British Establishment says:


  72. 72
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    Just shows how your Liebour crowd did in university they came out and had 13 years of overeaching themselves in government.

  73. 73
    Maria Miller says:

    Do you think he’d be kept on as Shadow Education Secretary after the 2015 Labour landslide?

  74. 74
    Crosland and Williams should be strung up says:

    Agreed. Best Education Secretary since the 1950s, that’so why the NUT fascists are terrified of him.

  75. 75
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Would it be rude to ask why the postal vote scandal has not been adressed?

  76. 76
    Labour are scum says:

    Because that’s why people voted for them; they want them to oppose the EU. I know it’s an odd concept politicians doing what they promised to do, but don’t knock it!

  77. 77
    Labour are scum says:

    Nice to see Labour MPs caught in a real landslide.

  78. 78
    Physionomist says:


    And why does he make me think of a butch lesbian?

    His face is strange for a man

    Don’t tell me he is a closet ….

  79. 79
    broderick crawford says:

    Go on Mikey , say yes to being a pre election big hitter chairman ( you know you want to !!)

  80. 80
    A LibLabCon merchant says:

    I would consider it extremely rude if you were to question the rigged voting system on which we troughers depend.
    You just might wake up dead in the woods with your wrists slit by your own hands.

  81. 81
    scusemequeen says:

    Moving Gove would give wrong message on education.

    Encourages that ghastly Christine Blower of NUT (or is it Nuzzletwat )with their proposed strike

  82. 82
    scusemequeen says:


  83. 83
    Govey-wovey says:

    There is absolutely nothing O.K. about Gove. In 4 short years he has done (even) more damage to education than Blair managed to do in 13.

  84. 84
    Everyone Knows A Shitty Teacher says:

    ‘Education’, as practiced by the professionals, is usually dire. Anyone who can force the complaisant ‘education’ industry to rethink and try something else is OK by me.

  85. 85
    FUEUSSR says:

    The Sparrow needs to be in the nest to take back control from the Cuckoos

  86. 86
    Foxie says:

    Matthew Hancock whose Daddy paid for him to go the the King’s School, Chester.

    The King’s School used to be a grammar school and my first few years of education were spent at the Junior Queen’s School in the city. Wouldn’t it be more egalitarian to have someone who’s been through the mill of a bog standard Comp at Education? Or don’t the Conservatives have any people with that sort of background?

    Of course, if you vote UKIP, the King’s School would revert to being a grammar and free to bright children whatever their social background. Hey… we might even return to being a meritocracy.

  87. 87
    The two muppets. says:

    He is the best Education Minister this country has had for many years .
    After Labour dumbed down education generally ,Michael Gove was a breath
    of fresh air.

  88. 88
    The two muppets. says:

    I think that you need to up your meds.

  89. 89
    Kelfieldny says:

    and the fellow plays the ukulele….what’s not to like!

  90. 90
    k says:

    I guess you didn’t learn how to spell complacent.
    Blame your teachers.

  91. 91
    k says:

    Genuine question. Can you tell me why you think he’s the best since the 1950s?

  92. 92
    Pvt. Joker says:

    Why is the FCO out of play? I mean really.

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    Indeed – Hague would be an effective Party Chairman (big hitter, not a young ‘un on the make) which would leave the FCO wide open

  94. 94
    And everyone knows more dummies who can't spell... says:

    …but still think they have valuable opinions.

  95. 95
    Crosland and Williams should be strung up says:

    Yes K. He is getting back to the requirement for genuine learning and achievement without (and this is the important point) this being watered down for socio-political purposes. I grew up in a poor part of South London in the 1950s and there was, nevertheless, a realisation that things were getting better – bright working class youngsters were going to Grammar school (of which there were many) and moving on to ‘red brick’ universities. This upward mobility was brought to a shuddering halt by the Labour Party (of all people-why?) when Shirley Williams and Anthony Crosland (both from private schools) decreed that all should go to the local comprehensive ( but not Shirley’s boy, he went to public school). Gove is the first minister since then to really take on the Marxist teaching unions and get back to real education, without political interference. This is why I consider he deserves praise for his efforts. Hope this helps!

  96. 96
    fucking dis custard says:

    It was the Dandy and Beano

  97. 97
    Numerologist says:

    Who? Her wot just got a several % wage increase?

  98. 98
    Dipromatic baggage says:

    Shush! we are far too busy drafting memos on why members of the standard uk religion cannot be allowed to wear any symbols of such at their workplaces.

    We are doing what should rightfully be done in the Min of Multiculture.

  99. 99
    Southern Softy says:

    Keep Gove at Education. Anyone who pisses off the NUT is OK by me.

  100. 100
    Anonymous says:

    “Where Could Gove be Going?”
    In a real world situation, we could ask him. But given the command and control structure deemed desirable, in place of true education. He’d only be able to regurgitate what he had been programmed with. Ironic that the dangers of proselytising zealots in other institutions are obvious. Yet the mirror image of that endangerment, still fails to register in the consciousness of some. Inadequate schooling, maybe.

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Or ‘practised’.

  102. 102
    k says:

    Thanks. Where’s your evidence that learning and achievement has been watered down for socio political purposes?
    Is this opinion?

    And do you think this is “education without political interference”?

    Isn’t this the most interference since… well forever?

  103. 103
    The Growler says:

    Do you think he do it, “just like that”?

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Nor his Lycra “Y fronts” and alleged other tendencies

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    He cleans windows for charity too

  106. 106
    Comprehensive school commoner says:

    Rub whose Fruit and nuts?

    My history and geography teachers used to shag stood up in the book cupboard before classes last hing on a Friday afternoon, So we used to pee in his aftershave bottle he used to keep in his desk.

  107. 107
    Dyslexic One Eyed Jap says:

    Nut encrusted what?

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