Michael Gove

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Which way will Gove go?

13 February 2016 10:32

If all goes according to David Cameron’s plan, he’ll have his EU deal by this time next week. But Downing…


Who will be out for Out?

6 February 2016 10:30

The Leave campaigns continue to bicker with each other in increasingly absurd fashion, but it would be wrong to think…


England named worst in developed world for literacy. So yes, school reform is needed.

29 January 2016 17:41

Today’s OECD study of basic skills ranks England lowest in the developed world for literacy, and second lowest for numeracy.…

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Gove axes another Grayling plan

28 January 2016 17:00

You can tell when Michael Gove is driving all over another one of the policies of his predecessor Chris Grayling…

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What’s the hold up with the British Bill of Rights?

16 January 2016 10:27

Before the election, the Tories talked about introducing a British Bill of Rights in their first 100 days in office.…

Conservatives Campaign In The Fourth Week Of The General Election

Which way will Boris and Gove go on Europe?

9 January 2016 10:30

David Cameron might have announced this week that Cabinet Ministers will be allowed to campaign for Out come the EU…


Sarah Vine reveals her Christmas wish: separate bedrooms

16 December 2015 10:49

Buying a present for a loved one at Christmas can be a difficult and time-consuming task, so luckily Sarah Vine…

Michael Gove at Justice Questions today.

Michael Gove’s greatest success so far — not being Chris Grayling

8 December 2015 16:29

Michael Gove’s tenure as Justice Secretary has been notable for U-turns on the most controversial things done by his predecessor,…

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Could Michael Gove help Jeremy Hunt solve the junior doctor row?

19 November 2015 12:19

That 98 per cent of junior doctors have voted in favour of strike action over their new contract shows the…


Michael Gove has a rare opportunity to reform the prison system. Will he take it?

9 November 2015 16:20

The Chancellor announced this morning that he will sell off old Victorian jails, which are on prime land for housing…


David Cameron cannot escape blame for the Kids Company scandal

29 October 2015 13:50

Today’s National Audit Office report into the collapse of Kids Company shines new light on the scandal. It shows that…

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Once upon a time… history lessons weren’t so fragmented

26 October 2015 15:12

What might a bright working-class boy from south London have learnt in his school history lessons a hundred years ago?…


Will Michael Gove dare to bring Christianity into his prison reform plans?

13 October 2015 15:48

This April, Michael Gove wrote in The Spectator: ‘To call yourself a Christian in contemporary Britain is to invite pity, condescension…

Michael Gove Is Sworn In As Lord Chancellor

Gove wins battle over Saudi prisons contract

13 October 2015 12:59

The government is pulling out of the £5.9 million deal to run a prison in Saudi Arabia, Number 10 has…


The Tories are right to focus on prison reform – it’s a classic conservative issue

12 October 2015 16:01

Many people were surprised when David Cameron placed prison reform at the heart of his party conference speech last week.…

Michael Gove speaks during day one of the Conservative Party Conference on October 4, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Michael Gove: ‘social progress has always been a Conservative cause’

6 October 2015 14:00

Michael Gove may have left the Department for Education but he hasn’t lost his reforming zeal. In his Tory conference…

Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Tim Montgomerie, Ruth Davidson and Iain Duncan Smith at the Good Right dinner.

The Good Right paves the way to a greater majority in 2020

5 October 2015 16:24

The Tories may have won the general election but that doesn’t mean they have won the argument. The Good Right,…

British Justice Secretary Michael Gove addresses delegates on the first day of the annual Conservative party conference in Manchester, north west England, on October 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Gove sets out the Tory plan to occupy the centre ground

4 October 2015 19:28

Michael Gove is the Justice Secretary, but his speech to the Tory conference this afternoon showed that he is so…

Protest Takes Place Over Immigration Rights

Protesters to serve up anti-Tory cake at party conference

1 September 2015 14:08

The Great British Bake Off has been praised for getting the nation cooking. Now, it seems the fever has become…

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Why are private schools so touchy about state schools’ success?

22 August 2015 10:11

The success of school reform in Britain seem to be worrying the private schools’ spokesmen. They’ve taken the unusual step of…

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Make politics more ‘transparent’ and politicians will become less honest

12 August 2015 17:12

Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write: I feel sorry for Hillary Clinton. Following months of scandal over…

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Michael Gove’s department should take a few style tips from P.G. Wodehouse

11 August 2015 11:20

Michael Gove has suggested that civil servants take inspiration from George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh, Jane Austen and George Eliot,…

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Ignore the ‘good grammar’ crowd and your prose will be better for it

25 June 2015 11:48

‘Few things,’ says Toby Young, ‘are more likely to provoke the disapproval of the bien-pensant left than criticising someone’s grammar.’…

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is greeted by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at Schloss Elmau for the summit of the G7 group of nations on June 7, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Podcast: Angela Merkel’s burden, Ukip’s American flirtation and Gove’s grammar rules

25 June 2015 9:32

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red. Germany has just as much to worry about from…


Labour’s response to #ToriesForCorbyn shows they really have lost the plot

24 June 2015 15:39

There’s a lot to admire about Jeremy Corbyn. For one, you can’t fault his conviction. While his entire party falls…