Tag: “Michael Gove

Gove is playing fast and loose with education as a way of aiming even higher (for himself not kids)

Posted on 23 June 2012 | 7:06am

As Michael Gove reflects on his latest intervention, what will have the greater impact on him as he surveys the weekend papers with his usual careful reading? … the fact that he has annoyed huge numbers of heads, teachers, parents and children with his ill-timed (in the middle of exams for heaven’s sake), regressive (he […]

Clegg should make clear he can’t support the Gove-Osborne view on Leveson

Posted on 13 June 2012 | 8:06am

Yesterday Nick Clegg tells his MPs not to support Jeremy Hunt in a Commons vote. Today the Deputy Prime Minister appears at the Leveson Inquiry. I suspect there may be a link, and I hope his distancing from David Cameron does not end there. Mr Clegg will have been thinking about how to deal with […]

It’ll take more than the Queen’s popularity and the Olympics to help Tories shift the mood around them now

Posted on 31 May 2012 | 8:05am

A while back I remember reading an article in which, on the back of the Royal Wedding, a senior Tory was predicting that with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics to come, Britain was set for a wave of patriotism which would benefit his party. Well the wave of patriotism is certainly upon us, but […]

To get all-party support, Cameron should indicate likely acceptance of Leveson plans when he appears

Posted on 29 May 2012 | 8:05am

Love him or hate him (I lean more to the former camp, you may be surprised to know) Tony Blair reminded a lot of people yesterday why he became the most successful political leader of recent times, and the most successful in Labour’s history. It is not just that he is a good communicator, in […]

Bit of a whiff developing around the Gove email saga

Posted on 3 March 2012 | 11:03am

Michael Gove looked like a naughty boy caught with his hand in the sweet jar when Ed Miliband quizzed the Prime Minister about the Schools Secretary’s ill-judged running commentary on the Leveson Inquiry. I have a hunch it is a look that will become familiar to us as the press (or at least those parts […]

I look forward to Gove’s next contribution on (or perhaps to) Leveson

Posted on 28 February 2012 | 9:02am

Even after all that emerged at Leveson  yesterday, the Tory strategy to undermine the Inquiry continues. Boris Johnson, journalist and Mayor, talked about the need for ‘the caravan to move on’. Not quite on a par with Michael Gove’s ridiculous claim that the inquiry was having a ‘chilling’ effect on free speech, but in the […]

Gove has a surefire recipe for educational disaster – guest blog from a headteacher trying to stave off disaster

Posted on 23 February 2012 | 3:02pm

Please welcome with a guest blog Mr Jeremy Rowe, headteacher of Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, Suffolk, who is seeing very close up the effect of Michael Gove’s potty ideology, and is therefore able to spell out a recipe for disaster Sir John Leman High School was established in 1632.  The school, which […]

Far from being a ‘rogue’ minister, Gove is part of Cameron strategy to undermine Leveson

Posted on 22 February 2012 | 9:02am

A very rare sighting today – a Daily Mirror editorial in support of a Tory Minister. What could be the issue that gets my old paper supporting Michael Gove? The answer is the press, and his remarkable calling into question of the very existence of the Leveson Inquiry which, ludicrously, he says is having a […]

A tale of two Parliamentarians – Skinner and Gove

Posted on 18 January 2012 | 4:01pm

Dennis Skinner may not thank me for saying so, but he was a huge support to me, and more importantly to Tony Blair, when TB was Prime Minister. Yes, he lambasted some of the changes made as huge strides to the right, and he could come up with questions for TB at PMQs  every bit […]

Letter to a friend, and a report of Philip Gould’s funeral

Posted on 16 November 2011 | 9:11am

If anyone has had enough of my tributes to Philip Gould, I will not be offended if you surf immediately to another website. But I feel I should say something about his funeral yesterday, where a packed All Saints church in London W1 said farewell to one of the key architects of New Labour, and […]