Michael Gove has been practising one of his favourite sports: winding up Simon Cowell. Last year, the education secretary lambasted the music mogul for encouraging youngsters to live the X-Factor dream at the expense of their studies. Today, Gove got even more personal when speaking on LBC:
‘I issue this challenge to Simon now. I don’t think he will find a better school to send his child to than the British state schools that I can show him. I think that as someone who, to his credit, has absolutely no airs and graces, I think that he would recognise that state schools in this country are now better than ever.’
He added, ‘If Simon wants me to show him round a couple or even hundreds of fantastic state primary schools, it would be a pleasure.’
Mr S is not sure that Cowell will be taking up this offer anytime soon, but stranger things have happened.
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