June 4th, 2014

TORY WARS: May v Gove – Everything You Need to Know

Following the escalation last night of tensions first reported by Guido back in April, the Cabinet has this morning descended into open warfare over extremism in schools. Theresa May has written to Michael Gove to publicly question DfE’s handling of the Trojan Horse Islamic schools takeover plot. In a terse letter the Home Secretary asks:

“Is it true that Birmingham city council was warned about these allegations in 2008? Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?”

It is clear to me that we will need to take clear action to improve the quality of staffing and governance if we are to prevent extremism in schools. The publication of a code of practice for supplementary schools was an agreed Extremism Task Force commitment and we agreed at the conclusion of the ETF’s work that the code should be voluntary.

However, since the publication of the ETF report in December there have been serious allegations of extremism in some Birmingham schools and accusations about the inability of local and central government to tackle the problem effectively.

In this context, I am not convinced that a voluntary code is sufficient and I believe it would be sensible to include the option of developing a mandatory code in your consultation document.”

A source close to the Education Secretary tells Guido in response:

“Michael Gove thinks Theresa May is a superb Home Secretary. We will continue to work well with the Home Office and other government departments to combat extremism in all its forms. Ofsted will publish their findings next week and Peter Clarke will publish his report in July.”

Clarke is the anti-terror chief brought in by Gove to investigate links between the radical Islamist individuals allegedly involved in the plot, an appointment approved by No. 10. Gove supporters are publicly trying to cool tensions with May, while laying the blame at the door of Charles Farr, the Home Office Security and Counter Terrorism chief who they accuse of ignoring extremism until it becomes violent. Farr is a close ally of the Home Secretary, and even closer to her Special Adviser


  1. 1
    Cameron says:

    I don’t know what I am doing.

  2. 2
    Blind_leading_the_blind says:


  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    Lots of fiddling while Rome burns.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Neither did I when I voted for you in 2010. Don’t worry though, hasn’t happened since and won’t happen again.

  5. 5
    Cameron says:

    Perhaps if I concentrate on plastic bags, this will all blow over.

  6. 6
    Sarah Millington says:

    Fact is both Tories & Labour are terrified of confronting the fifth column of 7th century intellectual fascism they have allowed into Britain.

    They only now realise that their multi-cultural experiment & mass immigration has led to the future Balkanisation of the UK.

    See Tower Hamlets for a future peep at what surrendered territory within our own UK borders actually looks like – then look at the critical mass of communities in so many other places in the UK – & at what just happened in those areas at the so called “ballot boxes”.

  7. 7
    Tom Catesby says:

    Usually you reap what you sow.

  8. 8
    The most amusing claim ever ? says:

    The “War of the Tory Succession” has begun, has it not ??

  9. 9
    BikerGove says:

    As long as it was Gove’s civil servants who were acting against the nation and had deliberately kept him in the dark (which is entirely probable) he should be ok.

    Otherwise it’s on yer BikerGove

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone know who is running this country?

    It seems it is the DM.

    They have now taxed us for using plastic bags.

    Can I just give one simple example. I sailed around the world. To do that you create your own water from sea water. This requires “filtering” 10 times what you use through a filter that only allows 5um particles through.

    The inlet is just below the surface.

    At no time was there any plastic found in any of the filters.

    The only plastic encountered off shore was agricultural wrappings, oil canisters etc, and fishing rope and line.

    Another EU victory. Now we have shoppers placing dirty bags that have been on the ground, on what used to be cleaned supermarket surfaces.

    Dog poos on ground. Bag goes on ground. Bag goes in trolley. Bag goes on sides. Food goes in trolley, Food goes on sides. Food goes in Fridge. Food is eaten.

    Who thought this through? A while ago the conveyor had to be cleaned at Sainsbury’s due to engine oil from the bottom of a bag!

  11. 11
    cheche says:

    But islmanic schools will ensure lots of poorly eductated kids in the future if we can only get them to work and not live on benny’s then we have a ready supply of cleaners and checkout staff

  12. 12
    Tom Catesby says:

    If many people are still not ‘islamaphobic’, maybe they should think seriously about becoming so. There is a great danger growing in this country aided and supported by fools, cowards and traitors.

  13. 13
    Muzz Busters says:

    We ain’t afraid of No Muzz

    Who you Gonna call?

  14. 14
    Socialism is theft says:

    The more acrimony between the two departments the more likely something will actually get done, rather than all the complacency we have been accustomed to so far.

  15. 15
    The BBC says:

    We turned a blind eye to all sorts of fiddling

  16. 16
    Socialism is theft says:


  17. 17
    Cover up is still going on says:

    No doubt this issue was covered up or ignored by the same people and for the same reasons as the Muslim r*pe gangs were.
    On the subject of Muslim r*pe gangs notice how all the attention of child abuse was focused away almost immediately from them onto mostly dead white men.

  18. 18
    North Country Boy says:

    Come on! You’re a sharp guy/gal, they aren’t going to do a thing about this, at all.

    Beyond a photocall and more appeasement, it’ll be business as usual.

  19. 19
    Myth Busters says:

    It is a complete and utter lie that supermarket carrier bags last one thousand years. They are made of UV degradable thin film and degrade within 12 to 18 months.

    Otherwise our hedgerows would be full of plastic bags from the 70s and they are not.

    Yet another example of politicians ignoring the science and chasing the popular vote.

    Now the woven long life bags they want us to use instead, they do last for ages, especially when kept in the dark in landfill.

  20. 20
    We're all tapped says:

    “Is it true that Birmingham city council was warned about these allegations in 2008? Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?”

    Surely she can just ask GCHQ?

  21. 21
    Stick your paper up Kim Kardashians arse says:

    The money I save no longer buying the DM will help pay for my carrier bags.

  22. 22
    CastIronDave says:

    We know NOTHING!

  23. 23
    North Country Boy says:

    For Birmingham, read Rotherham, Bradford, Rochdale, etc etc.

    Where there are Muslims in numbers, there is trouble for people whose arses aren’t buried in the 7th century.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    “May vs Grove. Everything you need to know”
    suppressed by a couple of space cadets? One of which would no doubt decree, if permitted, that school children only study his literary efforts. The other, intent on creating an alternative reality from contrived crime statistics. Here’s a clue for the pair of you: If you desire a population that accepts what it’s told, like children. Why do you then protest when they are misled by someone else’s untested narrative?

  25. 25
    The Critic says:

    Tories and Labour are also extremist.

    The only difference is they bomb people in other countries.

  26. 26
    BrindleFlyer says:

    We all know why nobody acted: political correctness and fear of bombing.

  27. 27
    BrindleFlyer says:

    Its not only the Tories and Labour: the Liberals and Greens are worse, and even UKiP don’t dare say what everyone thinks.

    France: 87% of non-Moslims believe that Islam is incompatible with a western democracy. Who would dare even do the survey here?

  28. 28
    BrindleFlyer says:

    Its not “islamophobic” – its a rational fear.

  29. 29
    BrindleFlyer says:

    When you have been breeding with your cousins for 1,000 years, education has little effect. They are more inbred than show poodles.

  30. 30
    Anti-smirking fascist says:

    And ciggies in plastic bags! Just think of the impact of big plastic shopping bags with huge pictures of ashen grey lungs and huge pulsating tumours! Wow, I just wet myself.

  31. 31
    Joe Public. says:

    TRUE – Tower Hamlets could prove to he a future microcosm of all Londonistan.
    Also it must be true that Muslim extremism is in our schools, not only in Birmingham, but I suggest London, Manchester and other northern cities.
    Why do I say this?
    Because the CEO of Birmingham Council and his Council say it is NOT true, and they did so at a stage before investigations even started.
    It is proving difficult to believe that in the 21st century such incompetent people are given ANY responsibility or accountability.

  32. 32
    The sod says:

    The problem is easily solved. Ban Islam in this country, advise they convert or leave, this would show we are not nasty as they are given the chance to live, unlike other places ruled by the “religion of peace”.

  33. 33
    Joe Public. says:

    Strange comment as there is an area in the Atlantic where plastic bags and refuse gathers and it is quoted as being the size of Wales.
    In the Black Sea I have seen loads of plastic bags and I have seen them on all shorelines in over 30 countries.

  34. 34
    malice says:

    Farr talks a good game, but he is useless in combating the roots of Islamist extremism. He was rightly passed over at SIS and GCHQ and should never be Perm Sec at the Home Office.

  35. 35
    North Country Boy says:

    Would need to be done European-wide.

    If it’s going to happen, the French will man up first. Congratulations Britain, you’re (we’re) the new surrender monkeys.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Any report from Clarke or any other patsy brought in will bottle it and play down how serious and widespread a problem it is in the interests of “community cohesion” because all politicians are shit scared of this particular voting bloc.

  37. 37
    BBC - Labour Says, Labour Says says:

    We would never report on such practice.
    All it would do is bring up the subject of immigration, and we would have to call all these people that mention it as “racists” as per instructions from the Labour Party and our mentor The Guardian.

  38. 38

    For the last time why won’t it sink in there are NO muslim extremists, there are just muslims , it’s true some are more vocal than others ,but since they now number in the millions they have become emboldened to such a degree that they do not give a dam about what they say or do ,knowing they can act with impunity in the areas under their control.
    There are now whole areas of our major cities that are in effect mini islamic republics where English common law no longer applies and the cowardly, ineffective police only venture into after hours of negotiation with ‘community leaders’.

  39. 39
    Tom Catesby says:

    That was my point, we should resist being ‘rocked to sleep’, by the fools, cowards and traitors.

  40. 40
    North Country Boy says:

    Bingo. Nail on the head. Ad infinitum

  41. 41
    North Country Boy says:

    To add, our saving grace may actually be the Eastern Europeans who have flooded in. They have no tolerance of Islam.

    In Rotherham, the Council is pissing itself daily that the Poles will turn on the very large, very child abusing, very cowardly Muslim ‘community’.

  42. 42
    inside out says:

    One aspect I find worrying is that the man who has been alleged to have organised the takeover of the school governors of some of these Birmingham schools is also an OFSTED inspector.What an earth is going on?

  43. 43
    Dacre's Wail says:

    Definitely on Gove’s side over this. Charles Farr is a bloody menace and his name is one that has been fingered time and time again by those with an interest in the Govt’s dangerous appeasement strategy of fundamentalist Muslims. The sooner Farr is unceremoniously sacked and replaced by someone prepared to crack down on these bastards the better. Just don’t hold your breath it’ll be any time soon. In fact given Cameron and Clegg’s cowardice over this it probably won’t even be when the next atrocity occurs and dead British civvies are left scattered over a shopping mall or train station.

  44. 44
    No 6 says:

    This morning on Sky News there was a piece from a Manchester school on the proposed changes to exams. There were about eight pupils in the classroom only one of whom was a non-hijab wearing Mancunian. Without irony Sky News then reported on extremism in Birmingham schools. More support for UKIP is probably the unintended consequence of both reports.

  45. 45
    Fishy says:

    It’s not May v Gove.

    Everyone’s missed the false flags flying here; this is May and Gove working in concert, a pincer movement to tackle the obstructive handwringing liberals in their relative departments. Embedded obstructive hand wringing liberals that represent the Labour Party in opposition and not the Government that they work for.

  46. 46
    Kent Brockman says:

    This is professional politicians getting together with a little wheeze. ‘Hey, I know govvy boy. I write a letter and publish it in the tory press pretending I am outraged, and you say ‘Hey I said this would happen. Im tough on fuzzy wuzzies, don’t blame me!’

    We can then both look good to the hoi poloi and steal ukips clothes at the same time!
    Those dumb ass tory voting monkeys, who haven’t got a conviction in their tiny political brains, and who can’t think for themselves, will all cheer and say ‘There, we don’t need UKIP, we dont need those radical reformers at all.

    I for one welcome our new overlords in Europe…

  47. 47
    Pub Landlord says:

    Let’s not forget that the viciously anti-Ukip Daily Stale started the whole plastic bag thing. They’re banned as well!

  48. 48
    Taxfodder says:

    Terry & June comes to mind……

  49. 49
    Joe Gullible says:

    ” quoted as being the size of Wales”

    Yet no one has ever seen it. Because, it is bollocks.

  50. 50
    Fred the pensioner says:

    T May has stated firmly that education is not the portfolio of her Ministry – so wtf is she butting in on something that is not her concern.

    Trying to empire-build in reparation for the 2015 GE?

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    It’s a myth mate. Also plastic carrier bags break down under UV radiation. What you say is impossible. Other forms of plastic yes, UV degradable carrier bags No.

  52. 52
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Since when are mosques bomb-proof?

  53. 53
    joeb says:

    The benefit of these 7th century savages congregating in gehttos is that they can be completely sealed off – gas, water, electricity, food, medicine, people – nobody or nothing in or out. The military would only need to go in with body bags, eventually.

  54. 54
    You couldn't make it up says:

    France has no time for “multiculturalism” and does not go down that road because it creates a multinational nation. So, no special privileges, no unique handouts and no to “affirmative action”. UK governments are scared of muslims and in Labour’s case, need their votes.

    Go on the rampage in France and the heavily paramilitary Gendarmerie will have a good day and no hand wringing afterwards.

  55. 55
    Bubba Gump Shrimp says:

    Interesting point…

  56. 56
  57. 57
    I love children says:

    Like your style.

  58. 58
    Ayatolah Khameroonie says:

    Gove and May have both totally lost the (Islamic) Plot!

  59. 59
    Ayatolah Khameroonie says:

    “Definitely on Gove’s side over this”

    and not on his front and back as well?

  60. 60
    Ayatolah Khameroonie says:

    ” there is trouble for people whose arses aren’t buried in the 7th century.”

    That exempts you then dearie!

  61. 61
    Ivan and Nick says:

    Which one is June?

  62. 62
    Ayatolah Khameroonie says:

    “Why did nobody Act!?” screams Kitten heels. Throw the goyl an Oscar!

  63. 63
    john in cheshire says:

    If this started in 2008 then the Labour Party was in power and if it arose in 2010 before the May General Election then Labour were still in power. Either the Labour Party allowed it to happen or the Civil Service is out of control.

  64. 64
    Do you now, Sir? says:

    Nor do you give the proverbial flying-fuck. Dead men walking don’t.

  65. 65
    Mark Worthless says:

    And this from the useless woman who couldn’t get rid of Aby Hamza for years.

  66. 66
    Tim Williams says:

    However awful Cameron may be, the alternative is Balls and Milliband, neither of who I would trust to run a bath properly, never mind a country.

  67. 67
    Bogdan the Polish Bus Driver says:

    Newark By-Election odds largest no votes :
    Tories 1/14
    UKIP 13/2

    Newark By-Election % vote
    Tories 36%
    UKIP 28%
    Labour 27%

    World Cup 2014 Outright Winner
    Brazil 3/1
    England 25/1

  68. 68
    Bob cuntface crow says:

    Yes,im not scared of them,I just wish they would fuck off.

  69. 69
    Jean-Claude Junker says:

    Dave’s my little puppet aren’t you Dave? You don’t have to know what you’re doing. Just do as you are ordered,

  70. 70
    Georgieosborne says:

    Who are Gove and May? Are they like Ant and Dec or Morecambe and Wise?

    I get so confused, sometimes. Where’s Kate Carney tonight

  71. 71
    davidikey says:

    Common Purpose in full force.

  72. 72
    olden1936 says:

    Currently on TV we are shown a line of sitting schoolgirls all with head coverings and all busily working at their lessons. I wonder if their lessons at that school include the teaching that females should be excluded from receiving education?

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Theresa found the Dickens dossier given to Leon Brittan yet?

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