Michael Gove

Michael Gove’s agenda lives on in prisons

3 October 2017 14:19

There’s a good reason ministerial conference speeches are often so achingly dull. Because such occasions are inevitably party political –…

Voted Leave? It’s one way to lose friends, says Sarah Vine

9 September 2017 9:00

September is my time of year. Summer is all very well if you’re one of those golden-haired, long-limbed types who…

This year’s exam results for free schools prove Michael Gove was right

25 August 2017 10:58

As readers of The Spectator will know, I have been banging the drum for free schools for eight years –…

Would you really want to be a farmer in 2017?

8 August 2017 8:00

What does being ‘a farmer’ mean to you? For those that have experienced it, the job – or lifestyle, really…

I may disagree with him, but George Osborne’s first duty is to his readers

30 July 2017 9:00

I may disagree with George Osborne on the odd issue. Like Britain’s relationship with the EU, our trading future and…

Embarrassing photos are a speciality of mine

29 July 2017 9:00

As pictures go, it could be career death. An amazing young talent caught in a compromising position with two older…

Cabinet ministers deserve to be roasted for giving this chicken story legs

26 July 2017 11:32

Don’t Liam Fox and Michael Gove know how to use Skype? Just as the Cabinet finally start to reach agreement…

Michael Gove, ‘Green Brexit’, and what it all means for Britain’s farmers

21 July 2017 17:59

Michael Gove’s speech this morning on his plan for a ‘Green Brexit’ is one of the first signs of what…

Is Michael Gove really an environmental reformer?

21 July 2017 17:50

How right Michael Gove was, in his first speech as Environment Secretary, to promise to put an end to a…

Friends reunited: Michael Gove’s tête-à-tête with Nick Timothy

21 July 2017 14:41

Although Theresa May’s former co-chiefs of staff – Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill – both swiftly exited No 10 following…

The brave new world of Brexit Britain

4 July 2017 16:10

Although attributed to Milton Friedman, the assertion that ‘there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch’ had been around…

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove get their relationship back on track

3 July 2017 16:10

To say that Boris Johnson and Michael Gove’s relationship is a complex one would be an understatement. The Vote Leave…

Sunday shows round-up: Michael Gove says ‘yes’

2 July 2017 17:36

Michael Gove: The DUP deal is good for the union The newly installed Environment Secretary Michael Gove took to Andrew…

Michael Gove’s first Defra picket line

29 June 2017 11:34

As Michael Gove settles into his new role as Defra secretary, word reaches Steerpike that the Conservative MP is already facing…

Are conservatives a bunch of neanderthals? Some on the left seem to think so

15 June 2017 13:05

How tragic that the country – and indeed the world – is being dragged rightwards by a bunch of Neanderthal…

People have had enough of the Tory right

13 June 2017 14:44

Go back ten years and you could never imagine green campaigners greeting Michael Gove’s return to government with a mixture…

Michael Gove signals a shift on the government’s Brexit stance

13 June 2017 9:07

Is Brexit going soft? In the aftermath of the election, some are worried that might be the case. While others…

Forget Michael Gove or the rise of the Remainers. The reshuffle is about the march of the moderates

12 June 2017 8:24

Michael Gove will get all the headlines, and there is something darkly ironic about his appointment. Theresa May may be…

The government machine can’t root out Islamism in prisons. Believe me, I know

8 April 2017 11:00

In response to the Westminster attack, a 100-strong new counter-extremism taskforce has been announced to deal with the terrorist threat…

Is Michael Gove angling for a cabinet return?

1 March 2017 14:04

I never expected to be writing the following, since Michael Gove is, to me, one of the few heroic figures…

Portland expands its horizons post-Brexit

16 January 2017 16:40

As Michael Gove does his bit for US-UK relations in The Times today with a Donald Trump interview on the positives…

What the papers say: Donald Trump’s deal with Britain

16 January 2017 8:51

It’s difficult to escape from Donald Trump’s interview with Michael Gove in the Times this morning. The president-elect’s view that he wants a…

The Spectator podcast: The end of experts

12 January 2017 12:44

On this week’s podcast we reappraise the role of experts, scrutinise the chaotic papacy, and check in with the court…

My time in the ‘Naughty Corner’

21 December 2016 9:00

An unexpected silver lining to leaving government is that I have a much nicer parliamentary office. The Chancellor’s traditional room…

Perhaps Michael Gove should get the Turner Prize

6 December 2016 18:15

It is a week where you’d imagine most British politicians would be occupied by the Supreme Court ruling over Brexit.…