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Nicky Morgan hides in office as civil servant sacks Gove’s special advisers

21 July 2014

4:59 PM

21 July 2014

4:59 PM

New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wasted no time in stamping her mark on her department – sacking all three of Michael Gove’s special advisers on Friday morning.

Friends tell Mr S that Henry Cook, Beth Armstrong and Jamie Martin were ‘keen to stay on in order to enable a smooth transition’, but it was not to be.

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While a reshuffle often results in ministers’ aides getting the bullet too, the way in which Morgan has conducted her clear out has raised eyebrows in Westminster.

Morgan tasked senior civil servant Chris Wormald to do the dirty deed, expecting to be at the Chequers cabinet meeting on Friday morning. However, with the meeting cancelled because of the crisis in the Ukraine, Morgan returned to London. Wormald sacked Martin and Cook, while the Secretary of State hid in her office. Beth Armstrong was on holiday.

Cold, even by political standards.

UPDATE: One of the three spads involved telephones Mr S to tell him that they had an amicable conversation with Morgan later that day, presumably on the way out, and there are no hard feelings.


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    Thanks to Dr Brave for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family?

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    ARE YOU FACING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

    ARE YOU SEEKING FOR A GOOD JOB

    DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A HOUSE OWNER

    ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A FIRST CLASS GRADE

    DO YOU WANT TO COME OUT FIRST IN YOUR EXAMS

    ARE YOU A STAR AND YOU WANT TO BE SO POPULAR TO THE WHOLE WORLD

    DO YOU WANT TO BE RICH

    DO YOU WANT YOUR BUSINESS TO KEEP MOVING

    DO YOU HAVE A COMPANY OF ANY KIND AND YOU WANT IT TO EXPAND

    DO YOU WANT YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE TO KEEP TO YOUR WORLD

    ARE YOU FACING ANY MARITAL PROBLEMS

    ARE YOU FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO GET PREGNANT FOR YOUR HUSBAND

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    ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FAILURE AND DISAPPOINTMENT IN ANY THING YOU DO.(ETC)

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  • revkevblue

    She was busy doing the job she was put in place to do and that is to get the teachers back on side after years of alienating them, they desperately need to win back any that used to vote conservitive and get them back on side for the next election,
    Call me Dave knows he will need every vote he can scrape together for a chance at the very least for a job in another coalition.
    UKIP has made life very difficult for the establishment as two party politics of labour and Conservatives alternating and just keeping each others seats warm is a thing of the past I am pleased to say, and that can only be good for our poor battered country.
    So I will be voting for UKIP because i know we could do better, and that we British do deserve better.

  • slyblade

    Getting people to do your dirty work for you.
    No wonder Cameron liked and promoted her.

    They will never get my vote back, after thirty years a loyal Tory member and activist
    i am now going to vote UKIP as are all my family and friends

  • jelliedeels

    Gove another jock gets the sack –good ,send them all back to skintland including massie

  • Anthorny

    And I was under the impression that appointing women, just because they are…er…women, was an obviously good idea.

  • fathomwest

    Well it shows the direction that man of straw Cameron wants. Capitulation to the NUT!

  • Colonel Mustard

    “Since 1953, education spending in Britain has increased by nine times in real terms but levels of numeracy and literacy among school leavers have hardly changed. Today, Britain is the only country in the developed world where literacy and numeracy levels amongst 16 to 24-year-olds are no higher than amongst 55 to 65-year-olds.

    In this historical analysis, Robert Peal argues that this abject record in educating our children cannot be detached from a (left wing, Labour sponsored) movement which took hold in British state schools during the 1960s and has been called, with deep inappropriateness, ‘progressive education’. This (left wing) movement is based upon a romantic view of the child. It believes that children are both innately well-behaved and natural learners, who should be freed from the guidance and direct instruction of the teacher (except when it comes to brainwashing them with left-wing bollox).”

    • telemachus

      When Labour came to power in 1997, education spending was at a historic low. Labour set out to increase the capacity and quality of the education system, through a programme of investment and reform, in order to raise standards overall and to reduce socio-economic inequalities.
      Schools (and early years) were prioritised for public spending over higher education.

      Labour started a project of modernising the entire school building stock, substantially increased the numbers of teachers and support staff, and put in place a large number of targeted funds and initiatives to support the education of pupils from the most disadvantaged homes. Funding became more redistributive towards more disadvantaged schools.

      “…Gordon Brown and Ed Balls more closely associated with the shift to a wider ‘children’s agenda’ after 2007, and with increased efforts to target support on those falling behind or becoming marginalised or excluded.

      “Most of the attainment targets that Labour set at the start were met.

      http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/case/spcc/wp03.pdf

      • grammarschoolman

        And the result was that fewer people could read, write and add up than before, and universities were flooded with people who barely knew how to cross the road. The biggest disaster in educational history, which Gove has spent years meticulously putting right.

  • Amir

    Read this article about Michael Gove’s demotion:

    http://www.casualpolitics.co.uk/2014/07/aftermath-of-goves-demotion/

  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    “Nicky Morgan hides in office as civil servant sacks Gove’s special advisers”. To-day in Parliament. In German you say “diese Frau hat Haare auf den Zähnen”.

    • Holly

      Today in Parliament, Cameron came across all Prime Ministerial, while Miliband shot off to America for a photo op with the outgoing President Obama, just to show us he is….erm…’Presidential’???
      Unlike the Deputy PM Clegg, at least Harman is Miliband’s equal.

  • GraveDave

    Cold, even by political standards.

    Not by a woman’s though. But should she not cut the mustard, Dave should have no hesitation in sacking her too.

  • Colonel Mustard

    Ah, a woman after Cameron’s own heart.

    • dado_trunking

      … and in tomorrow’s edition:

      Soubry goes awol.
      Priti goes up the wall after checking the accounts.

  • David T

    Typical woman.

    • lakelander

      I know some extremely good female managers.

      You might as ridiculously say “Typical man”.

  • dado_trunking

    Continuity Gove will be fuming!

  • David Booth.

    “Cold, even by political standards.”

    And cowardly to boot!

    • GraveDave

      Yeah, I don’t like her already. Shows a lack of self confidence too.

      • Makroon

        Based on more tittle-tattle from “Steerpike” ?
        Pathetic.

  • lakelander

    I have no time for managers who are not prepared to dismiss staff face-to-face. It shows either cowardice, lack of feeling, absence of professionalism or combinations thereof.

    If true, this is not a good sign of Ms Morgan’s character.

    • telemachus

      She was not their manager
      They should have cleared off with the criminal Gove

      • lakelander

        You are being pedantic. They were responsible to Gove and she inherited that.

        • telemachus

          If they advised Gove they bear responsibility for his debacle and the attempt to destroy our fine education system
          They deserve nothing from a good girl like Nicky Morgan

          • lakelander

            You are missing the point. This has nothing to do with politics. It is about the quality of management.

            • telemachus

              Look
              These guys belonged to Gove
              They were not career Civil Servants and she had no duty to these miscreants

              • lakelander

                You’ve had your say now. Go out and have a little walk around.

                • telemachus

                  I have not seen a single point of value to refute my actual point that these SpAd’s were responsible for part of the devastation wreaked by Gove and should have fallen on their swords last week

                • HookesLaw

                  There was no devastation, but they should have offered their resignations.

                • telemachus

                  Thankyou
                  But they should have offered their resignations because of the devastation

                • global city

                  Come the revolution all kids will be as stupid as you are.

                • David Lindsay.

                  Telemachus is correct.
                  Ms Morgan truly is a breath of fresh air:

                • global city

                  I was wondering when you two would coalesce into one big ‘progressive’ liberal blob!

                  I think that the whole educational blob needs to be stuck into an anti-Marxist blender.

                • PJLennon

                  So which part of the blob educated you, you cretin?

                • Kitty MLB

                  David, my dearest. Blakes Dark Rose of Labour’s
                  caterwaulling deceit ( you do sound rather like
                  telemachus,without the buzzing noise)

                  A breath of fresh air that the odious teaching unions approve of is she ?
                  Michael Gove was more then a breath of fresh air.He was the winds ( if not hurricane) of
                  change that blew right through the stale miasmic air of the status quo education destruction that Labour created…and the teaching unions hated that.

                • Holly

                  It will indeed be a breath of fresh air when she offers union bods tea & biscuits while telling them…
                  Nowt’s gonna change..(However you say that in ‘posh’)
                  I must admit I was more impressed with Nick Boles.

                • Aberrant_Apostrophe

                  They might listen, but they hear?

                • McClane

                  My, you get around. Breitbart is too small for you so you’ve come back here. With more inanities.

                • Baron

                  So, David, it’s back to the old days of union bosses and sandwiches, is it?

                • Dutchnick

                  By all means talk to them but they still bear responsibility for what for many kids is a poor educational start in life. Look st Wales where sats were abolished and testing was handed over to teacher assessment. Fail…They dislike testing, they much prefer manipulated course work and the idea of payment by results, like for most Socialists is an anathema to their belief that we pretend to teach and the kids pretend to learn… must be time for another grade inflation.

                • PJLennon

                  Come the revolution spotty little oiks like you will be up against the wall standing in your puddle of p*ss and sh*t begging for mercy!

                • global city

                  A revolutionary and a wan*er. I bet it won’t be you leading the charge or heading up the firing squad, hey?

                  Explain your devotion to the blob?
                  Are you the alter-ego of telemachus?
                  Is your venom supposed to scare me or something?
                  Are you satisfied being a keyboard warrior or do you fantasise about doing people real harm?

                  In many years you may come to look back on your time online with acute embarrassment.

                • global city

                  My first reply to you was deleted… so I’ll just accuse you of being an wayward fool who backs the blob against your own community.

                  http://www.civitas.org.uk/education/PW.php

                • ortac

                  Devastation? What devastation?

                • Democritus

                  Next you will be saying Gove wasn’t sacked!

            • ReefKnot

              Please don’t respond to Telemachus. He is a well practiced troll and will only divert the thread or lead it onto his own agenda.
              Please don’t respond to him.

          • global city

            You’re just like those infuriating recorded messages you hear over and over again if your stuck in a train or bus station.

            • lakelander

              Too much time on his/her hands.

            • Colonel Mustard

              Now his fake David Lindsay name is agreeing with his fake telemachus name. The transparent antics of that Labour lunatic are hilarious.

          • Steve Lloyd

            I have been bemusedly reading your comments for some time now, and I have come to the conclusion that you are actually f*cking insane.

          • matt

            If you think that our education system is in any way fine as it is then you must be another failing product of it since you clearly have no critical faculties and cannot see the hard evidence that proves otherwise.

          • sandy winder

            Don’t tell me. Our education system like the NHS is also the envy of the world. How jingoistic and utterly ridiculous.

          • Dutchnick

            Fine education system? I would hate to see a poor one.

          • davidofkent

            We did have a fine education system for about 30 years between 1944 and roughly the mid-70s. Comprehensive Education has not been a success, but I think the fault has been with the education of our teachers rather than the policy of comprehensiveness.

        • Colonel Mustard

          Do not feed troll.

          • lakelander

            Thanks. I was falling for it.

          • dado_trunking

            A facelifted Colonel screams CARNAGE!

            What a larf.

        • Dougie

          I can’t believe I am agreeing with Telemachus but they were Gove’s people – they should have packed their boxes and left the day Gove left.

      • Kitty MLB

        “Criminal Gove” Shameful thing to say. Blair’s mantra
        of ‘Education, Education, Education’ and then wrecking
        the aspirations of children by failing them their basic
        rights, happens to be criminal !
        And lest we forget IRAQ.

        • ButcombeMan

          AND “The BIg Brown Mess”

          • Kitty MLB

            Oh yes, how could we possibly forget the
            archetypical mad professor and his little helper
            Balls.

      • GraveDave

        LOL.

    • In2minds

      lakelander has no time for managers who will not face staff. However, what about staff who act without authority? Steerpike fails to tell the whole story. Just hours after Gove left and without Morgan in charge officials at the Department of Education cut a deal which allowed staff implicated in the Trojan Horse scandal to keep their jobs. We also see that despite Birmingham City Council claiming they ‘did not know’ warnings did go to them but were ignored.

      • JoeDM

        And the spread of islamofascism in our inner-city schools continues.

    • Mynydd

      These special advisors were hired to advise Mr Gove, and no one else, so when their boss was sacked, the professional and honourable thing would have been to resign. They didn’t.
      This is a good sign of the type of person, along with Mr Coulson, that are at the heart of Mr Cameron’s government.

      • lakelander

        But it doesn’t work like that does it?

        If I hold a management post with subordinates, am sacked and replaced by a new manager, that new manager is then responsible for my erstwhile staff. They are now responsible to the new manager. One would not expect the subordinate staff to feel obliged to resign just because I had left. They MAY decide to go for a number of reasons but it’s the manager’s call. Since it is the manager’s call she should take full responsibility and exercise good leadership by dismissing the staff in a professional manner.

        • Mynydd

          These people had no other job than to advise Mr Gove.

  • http://www.gamrreview.com/ Machina22

    Last line should read: ‘Cowardly, even by political standards’, not cold.

    • telemachus

      What do you want her to do rub their noses in it
      As Govian SpAds they should have been marched straight to Tyburn

      • http://www.gamrreview.com/ Machina22

        To man up and do her own dirty work, not hide behind civil servants.

      • PJLennon

        Well said Telemachus; Keep it up, you’ve got the spotty mad inbred Tory clan rattled. I’ll bet they’ve all got 3″ filcrums.

  • telemachus

    I think we need to cut this girl some slack
    I have very good vibes
    The teachers in my family like her
    She has to pay lip service to Gove while abrogating the Social Darwinism he tried to impose

    • Lord Dench

      You really are fucking mental

      • telemachus

        I think if you examine in retrospect you will find that most folks will fing Gove mental

        • Tim

          don’t doubt it. I expect the next lot to get into power will publicly denounce him but keep all of his reforms. That is the fate of all useful but unpopular modernisers.

    • McClane

      Please don’t respond to Telemachus. He is a well practised troll and will only divert the thread or lead it onto his own agenda.
      Please don’t respond to him.

      • Lord Dench

        I’ve been observing him for a year and a half on Spectator coffee house. I’ll leave it to Colonel Mustard

        • telemachus

          Whose only function in life is to attak
          Almost anybody irrespective of political persuasion
          I have yet to discern any attempt to nail his colours to the mast

      • HookesLaw

        We can ignore Telemachus and we can also ignore the story. Under most circumstances a minister’s special advisors a linked to the minister and are not career civil servants. Its no surprise they should leave.

        • telemachus

          And when they did not last Wednesday, they should have been turfed out last Thursday

      • Democritus

        It seems like you have to be part of a clique to post on here!

    • Kitty MLB

      ” Teachers in my family like her” that says It all really.
      Leftie teachers in their dominating elitist educational club
      where their cosy jobs are far more important then a child reaching their full potential, like her !

      • Colonel Mustard

        The nasty little spud is an enormous egotist. He thinks the whole world revolves around him and his family, that their views convey some innate value and that we are going to think:-

        “Ah, telemachus’ lefty relatives have spoken! Behold their words and tremble!”

        Whereas what we really think is:-

        “Ah, (yawn), so that’s why the nasty little spud hates Gove so obsessively, because his nasty lefty NUT relatives have been whispering poison”.

    • ButcombeMan

      The teachers in my family liked Gove

  • MirthaTidville

    Sounds like a mate of Dave`s then………..

    • telemachus

      At the time all the Conservative Sheep were marching into the Gay Marriage lobby she was saying

      “Marriage, to me, is between a man and a woman.”

      And she followed through
      She is a good girl

      • McClane

        Please don’t respond to Telemachus. He is a well practiced troll and will only divert the thread or lead it onto his own agenda.
        Please don’t respond to him.

        • Colonel Mustard

          Wise advice. I have nailed my colours to the mast of ignoring him, even though I must admit to the pleasure of verbally skewering his paltry witterings and many lies here.

      • HookesLaw

        There was no whip it was a free vote.

        • telemachus

          But everyone seeking career enhancement voted for gay marriage
          It took considerable courage to stick to her principles

        • Andy

          Telemachus needs whipping.

  • Adrian Drummond

    How about discussing the appointments in Brussels where the real power (that governs UK citizens) resides?

    • telemachus

      Brussels as you well know has had nothing whatsoever to do with our education system
      And certainly the devastation wreaked by Gove was all his own doing

      • Adrian Drummond

        The clue is in the word ‘appointments’ you numbskull.

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