Tag: “Michael Gove

Can someone tell me what this Tory conference is all about?

Posted on 4 October 2011 | 1:10pm

For various reasons I have seen no news coverage and read no newspaper reports of the Tory conference since Sunday morning. This has not been a deliberate snub to one of the two ruling parties, just the result of other things getting in the way. So today I spent a little time wandering around the […]

Today’s FT shows more progress in schools under Labour – who need to fight back harder against Tory rubbishing of record

Posted on 1 October 2011 | 10:10am

With thanks to Labour’s media monitoring department, and to the Financial Times, here is the first’s account of the second’s report today on school standards. ‘Poorer pupils seen to be catching up in exams’ (FT p4) – Poorer children closed the educational achievement gap on children from wealthier backgrounds during Labour’s last term of office, […]

Gove needs to get a grip of his special advisors, and answer accusations of breach of FoI laws

Posted on 20 September 2011 | 10:09am

‘Maximum openness for maximum trust’ was one of the principles I tried to operate when heading up attempts to co-ordinate communications across government. There were risks attached to that, of course. But I think I can count on the fingers of one hand, for example, the number of times we suffered from a leak of […]

Whacking public services now a clear political strategy to match economic strategy of cuts

Posted on 24 June 2011 | 8:06am

I was surprised there were no ministers at the Local Government Awards organised by the Municipal Journal last night. It was one of those events at which, if memory serves me right, Labour always tried to ensure a ministerial presence. But I didn’t have to be there for long to pick up the feeling from […]

Another cannibalising coalition policy – axeing the means of delivering their school sport vision

Posted on 23 April 2011 | 6:04am

Another example if I may of this coalition’s tendency toward cannabilibistic policies. Exhibit 1 comes from the Camden New Journal, where I read of the professional demise of a man mamed Mike Jackson, not the singer, nor the General, but a man who has for 27 years worked to promote the sporting activities of children […]

Lansley’s been Spelmaned as Cameron does The Cameron – a new Cabinet language is born

Posted on 5 April 2011 | 9:04am

As health secretary Andrew Lansley stumbles through one of the most humiliating weeks of his career, at least his Cabinet colleague Caroline Spelman can boast her own little place in history as a result. The environment secretary is the first member of the coalition Cabinet to have become a verb … as in ‘Lansley’s just […]

Good luck to the marchers; and meet a man who may have to enter my Great People list

Posted on 26 March 2011 | 10:03am

Good luck to all the marchers trying to put a bit of sense into the government before the full extent of the cuts programme is felt, and the Big Society becomes more pressured, more fractured and a lot less Big. I won’t be among the vast throng as I have a long planned speech at […]

Support the Demoratic Life campaign to keep citizenship on the curriculum

Posted on 10 March 2011 | 12:03pm

The hints that the Government is thinking about removing citizenship from the curriculum are becoming a little louder. It would be yet another mistake by Michael Gove, at a time the government is developing a reputation not just for cuts but for problems with competence. Just as Mr Gove had to backtrack on the full […]

Gove and Cameron need to start getting into a bit of detail

Posted on 12 February 2011 | 9:02am

Well done to those councils which felt Michael Gove was exceeding his powers when bringing the Building Schools for the Future programme crashing to the ground. Yesterday’s High Court ruling was a victory for them, and even though Mr Gove retains the ultimate power over which schools get rebuilt, hopefully the powerful slap on the […]

Getting in the zone for my grilling by David Mitchell

Posted on 27 January 2011 | 10:01am

After Question Time a week ago, Loose Ends at the weekend, and a few random Newsnights, Skys and LBCs in between, tonight it’s the Big One. I know I have been a bit media-active in recent days, but mainly that has been news-driven, rather than book-driven, with TB back at the Iraq Inquiry, and the […]