Gove: I’m No Sandal-Wearing Muesli-Munching Vegan

Challenged by Philip Davies, Michael Gove gave a convincing defence of why he is a Conservative in the Commons:

“I’m not sure that members on the opposite benches would agree that I’ve become a sandal-wearing, muesli-munching vegan vapester. I think they would probably say that I’m the same red in tooth and claw blue Tory that I always have been.

And it’s because I’m a conservative, I believe in the rule of law as the foundation stone of our civilisation.

It’s because I’m a conservative, I believe that evil must be punished.

But it’s also because I’m a conservative, and a Christian, that I believe in redemption. And I think the purpose of our prison system is to keep people safe by making people better.”

And Gove spake onto the world, and told the world that “evil must be punished”, and the word was the word and the word was Gove.




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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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