Michael Gove

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.…

Gove struggles to compete with Boris

24 November 2016 8:40

Spare a thought for Michael Gove. While his fellow Brexiteer Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign came to an abrupt end thanks…

Is patriotism a virtue?

19 November 2016 11:14

Michael Gove makes a semi-persuasive case for patriotism in The Times this week. Brexit and Trumpism are largely just assertions of…

Tory Brexiteers pressure May to quit EU single market and customs union

19 November 2016 10:10

Normally, the Saturday before an autumn statement would be dominated by speculation about what is in it. But, as I…

What the papers say: ‘Bone headed’ Labour and why it’s right to reform the Lords

18 November 2016 8:44

Labour’s confused stance on immigration riles the tabloids in today’s papers – with the party’s position described as ‘bone headed’ in…

Michael Gove falls in love…again

28 October 2016 12:09

Michael Gove has been keeping himself busy this week with his non-apology apology tour. He came close to saying sorry…

Notting Hill set splits in two – ‘it’s agony’

17 October 2016 8:55

Since the EU referendum result led to David Cameron’s resignation, the former Prime Minister’s friendship groups have experienced a change…

Why I don’t buy the argument that History of Art A-level was axed for being ‘soft’

13 October 2016 12:55

Can I tell you about one of the best weekends of my life? It involved no foreign travel, no booze,…

The Notting Hill set stay away from Birmingham

4 October 2016 11:07

At this year’s Labour conference, the absence of several centrist MPs at the annual event was taken as a sign…

Michael Gove wants to add me to his professional network

22 September 2016 11:20

The publication of private emails by Colin Powell has spread panic in Washington. Now nobody feels safe. Some prominent people…

Will Theresa May’s grammars undermine David Cameron’s free schools?

16 September 2016 16:24

Grammar schools remain one of the most highly-charged issues in domestic politics. There is bound to be controversy about how…

Michael Gove returns to The Times

5 September 2016 8:00

In the aftermath of the Leave vote, it’s safe to say that not every Brexiteer’s career path has played out as…

In praise of free schools

25 August 2016 16:09

Congratulations to all those free schools who got their GCSE results this morning. We don’t yet have the full picture,…

Liz Truss confirms there will be a British bill of rights. But we still don’t know when

22 August 2016 13:18

It’s been over a month since Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street. And yet the process of…

Sarah Vine lifts the lid on Michael Gove’s beard

17 August 2016 8:51

There has been much speculation this week regarding rumours that Michael Gove has a beard. The former Justice Secretary was…

Nick Clegg blames ‘disrespectful’ Gove for Queen backs Brexit story

7 August 2016 11:33

Now that Michael Gove has returned to the backbenches, the former Justice Secretary can take heart that his new role…

Liz Truss

Liz Truss attracts far more vitriol than her male non-lawyer predecessors. Why could that be?

21 July 2016 10:41

A politician with no legal training and limited experience of the legal world becomes Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. The…

In defence of Cameron’s posh boys

17 July 2016 18:41

A few weeks ago, I wrote a Spectator cover story about David Cameron’s purge of the posh. My peg was a new…

Was Michael Gove punished for being too soft on crime?

14 July 2016 17:40

Of today’s corpses piled up in Downing Street, none has caused more shock than that of Michael Gove. That Nicky…