Michael Gove

Labour Attempt To Hold On To Stoke As The BNP Target The Seat

Tristram Hunt is wrong — pupils should be schooled in the creed that unites the West

24 March 2015 17:10

What is Tristram Hunt trying to say in the Times today? He seems to say that the teaching of British values is an important thing, except when Michael Gove or… Continue reading

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Dementia is ‘an opportunity’, according to Michael Gove. What a brave thing to say

13 March 2015 7:00

Michael Gove said something startling about dementia in a speech last night launching an initiative called ‘The Good Right’ at the Legatum Institute. But blink and you would have missed… Continue reading

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Education Secretary Michael Gove Speech On Education Reform

The Enigma Gove?

5 February 2015 18:30

Chief Whip Michael Gove has given his first keynote speech since being politically assassinated last summer. Plucked from the frontline of reform, the former Education Secretary concluded his speech to… Continue reading

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One of Gove’s most important education reforms is in danger

5 February 2015 14:22

One of this week’s most important stories is tucked away in the Times’ Higher Education supplement today. It appears that one of Michael Gove’s most important reforms, putting universities—not Whitehall—in charge… Continue reading

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Freezing the education budget won’t hurt pupils. Here’s why

2 February 2015 18:56

David Cameron has today been refreshingly honest about his plans for school funding in England: budgets will be flat, which (when you factor in inflation) will mean a drop of… Continue reading

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If Cameron wants an ‘all-out war’ on mediocre schools, why did he get rid of Gove?

2 February 2015 9:34

It is odd to hear David Cameron promise an ‘all-out war on mediocrity’ in education. An admirable sentiment, but it’s hard to reconcile with the fact that he demoted the… Continue reading

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BRITAIN-POLITICS

Who is in charge of the Education department?

1 February 2015 15:08

The Tories are embarking on an ‘education week’, which means they won’t just be fighting Labour but also the Lib Dems, as the latter like to strike up a fight… Continue reading

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Final Day Of The Labour Party Conference

Is it just on women’s issues that politicians feel they must deal with the pundits?

30 January 2015 18:42

Bit of a coup for Sarah Vine, Daily Mail columnist (and wife of Michael Gove), don’t you think? Her piece on date rape elicited a trenchant response from Harriet Harman,… Continue reading

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Podcast: the great European revolt and the dangers of the Green Party

29 January 2015 8:43

Who will benefit from Syriza’s victory in Greece? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Sebastian Borger discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on the impending European… Continue reading

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Cameron reckons Gove prefers a ‘chillax playlist’ to ‘hip-hoppy’ Beyoncé tunes

27 January 2015 12:31

After Sarah Vine revealed that her husband Michael Gove’s ringtone that infamously disrupted a cabinet meeting was the latest Beyoncé hit, David Cameron has thrown doubt on this version of events.… Continue reading

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Oftsed’s campaign against Christian schools: now Gove is gone, the Blob is back

25 January 2015 11:50

When Ofsted inspectors allegedy asked primary-age girls at Grindon Hall Christian School, Sunderland, whether they knew what lesbians did in bed, they (apparently) received insufficiently detailed answers. Also, pupils displayed… Continue reading

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Michael Gove's secret is out

Revealed: Michael Gove’s ‘female ballad’ ringtone

21 January 2015 10:24

After Michael Gove’s mobile phone went off in a Cabinet meeting, everyone’s been trying to find out what the ‘jazzy’ ringtone is. As Mr S documented, even Charles Moore was thwarted in… Continue reading

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Michael Gove's secret is out

Charles Moore puts Michael Gove’s ‘jazzy’ ringtone to the test

16 January 2015 12:19

Ever since Michael Gove was scolded at Cabinet for bringing his noisy mobile phone into the room, everyone’s been trying to find out what the ringtone is. Cabinet sources various… Continue reading

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Michael Gove might not be preparing for another coalition. But other Tories are

6 January 2015 15:22

Michael Gove pitched up on Newsnight yesterday to give one of his typically confident performances to the programme. Apparently CCHQ don’t believe any floating voters watch the BBC’s flagging current affairs… Continue reading

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Life isn’t easy for Gove’s guinea pigs. I should know – I am one

19 December 2014 17:12

Westminster hasn’t made life easy if you are a 16-year-old. Michael Gove’s education reforms are well underway but the reorganisation of A-level courses is yet to be implemented. Everything about… Continue reading

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Michael Gove and his former advisor Dominic Cummings. Photo: Getty.

The last days of the Cameron administration: Part 1 The Gove Delusion

8 December 2014 17:06

Faintly stunned Liberal Democrats report that Michael Gove is an absentee chief whip. He is simultaneously there at the coalition whips’ meetings but not there: a ghostly presence; a bored,… Continue reading

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Tony Blair reaches out to Gove

4 December 2014 17:37

Tony Blair has taken some time out from posing awkwardly with his wife in order to pen a piece for the New York Times. While he tries to avoid getting… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt’s proposals for public schools are nothing new

28 November 2014 15:39

The Shadow Education Secretary is suggesting that private schools provide qualified teachers to help deliver specialist subject knowledge to state schools. It’s depressing that they don’t all already have in-house… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt is right: private schools do need to do more for the state sector

27 November 2014 10:35

Please can we give Tristram Hunt a break? I’m right behind him when it comes to getting private schools to share their largesse with the state sector, and I mean,… Continue reading

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Government wins crunch vote on European Arrest Warrant by NINE VOTES

10 November 2014 17:52

The government has just won the vote extending the debate on the justice and home affairs opt-outs by just nine votes – 251 ayes to 242 noes. This means that… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s School of Denial

7 November 2014 13:32

Alex Salmond is on his way out. The First Minister gives every impression of enjoying – or at least making the most of – his farewell tour. And why not?… Continue reading

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Education Secretary Michael Gove Speech On Education Reform

Teachers should decide the curriculum, not politicians or a panel of ‘experts’

2 November 2014 8:39

David Laws is an honourable, clear-thinking politician – but looming general elections (and, in the Liberal Democrats’ case, threatened extinction) can have strange effects on a man. Hence his comments… Continue reading

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BRITAIN-POLITICS-CONSERVATIVES

Exclusive: Gove letter telling Tories how ‘Lib Dems have killed’ EU Referendum Bill

29 October 2014 10:18

Privately, the Conservatives are probably not particularly surprised about the demise of Bob Neill’s EU referendum bill, this time at the hands of the Liberal Democrats. It was always a… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Michael Gove to abstain on key Recall Bill vote – to keep Lib Dems happy

27 October 2014 19:32

MPs have a free vote tonight on Zac Goldsmith’s amendment to the Recall Bill. But I have learned that instead of voting with their Tory colleague, the Prime Minister and… Continue reading

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The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the recent fuss about NHS Wales. Yes, it is a disaster… Continue reading

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