Tag: “Michael Gove

iPad debut blogpost on iPad, Vince and Gove

Posted on 27 December 2010 | 1:12pm

Yes, I got an iPad for Christmas. Yes, I had a couple of blogfree days while enjoying Christmas and getting used to typing on ice, which is a bit how it feels till you get the hang of it. We have been up in the Scottish Highlands, and despite the snow and the cold, yes […]

First sport, now books, what has Gove got against learning for the many not the few?

Posted on 23 December 2010 | 4:12pm

Campaigners for sport and common sense secured something of a victory in forcing something of a U-turn when Schools Secretary Michael Gove foolishly took the axe to the excellent School Sports Partnerhips brought in by the last excellent government. Now Gove has got his axe out again and come out with another foolish move, namely […]

Beware the detail in coalition ‘U-turn’ on school sport

Posted on 18 December 2010 | 12:12pm

The papers are being briefed that the government is to perform a U-turn on the planned scrapping of School Sports Partnerships. This is to be announced as early as Monday. It is also to be placed in the category marked ‘keep an eye on the detail’, and ‘don’t fall for the spin’. ‘Key elements’ of […]

Lib Dem human shield is helping Cameron- Labour needs to get more focus on the Tories

Posted on 10 December 2010 | 8:12am

So … Prince Charles and Camilla will be rueing going to the theatre in black tie, with the car all lit up. Their security advisors will be going over how it happened and, as ever when it comes to the policing of protests, the police will be damned if they do and damned if they […]

Fees protest taking heat off Tories; and good luck to Ken Clarke re mental health in prisons

Posted on 7 December 2010 | 9:12am

When was the last time you saw David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove or David Willetts being put under real pressure to make the case for the trebling of tuition fees? I ask because it is their policy every bit as much as it is that of the Lib Dems in the coalition. Indeed, more […]

Great to see sports stars telling Cameron the truth on school sport axe

Posted on 30 November 2010 | 10:11am

Flying into Heathrow at the weekend, I was struck once more by the beauty and the power to inspire of the nascent Olympic stadium. If it can do that now, a year and a half ahead of the event, imagine what it will feel like to be an athlete flying in from overseas in the […]

Guest blog from Fiona on local school governance

Posted on 22 November 2010 | 9:11am

Every now and then, I get a comment from someone saying they prefer blogposts to be short rather than long. I suppose it gives them the chance to hoover around the place and digest a few more. But whilst brevity can sometimes be the best, every now and then you need a bit of length […]

As Gove changes school funding, stand by for another Clegg ‘I agonised’ interview

Posted on 13 November 2010 | 8:11am

Take a look at Nick Clegg’s face and hands in the picture in this Guardian report of how the Lib Dems planned to abandon the tuition fees pledge before the last election. The report makes pretty clear that even as the party was hoovering up student votes, the man making contingency plans for coalition discussions […]

For Lansley, the hard part is still to come

Posted on 13 July 2010 | 1:07am

As the World Cup withdrawal symptoms abate (hugely helped by that abomination of a Final, over which the Dutch should stop whingeing about the ref and go kick someone their own size) I tuned into Newsnight and was pleasantly surprised by the depth and nature of the debate on the Tories’ health reforms. I say […]

Hapless is one of those words it is hard to shake off, Michael

Posted on 9 July 2010 | 2:07am

Michael Gove cut a rather sad figure with Apology Number 1, in the House of Commons, and an even sadder one with Apology Number 2, at a local government conference where he looked lonely on stage, and the normal liveliness had vanished from his effervescent Scottish tones. The conference was just unlucky timing, coming directly after […]