Michael Gove

Even Tories should be wary of Gove's election stitch-up

9 September 2021 7:36 am

Conservative politicians appear willing to revolt on every issue: tax rises, China, lockdowns. But on the accumulation of power by…

Oxford has more to be ashamed of than Gove

7 September 2021 5:50 pm

Being the most prestigious university in the English-speaking world comes with its drawbacks. While the rolls of alumni are littered…

Why Gove’s night on the dance floor is good news

4 September 2021 9:00 am

I was pleased to see pictures of Michael Gove at a nightclub in Aberdeen last weekend. According to press reports,…

The Prince Harryfication of Boris Johnson

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The acting one sees upon the stage doesn’t show how human beings actually comport themselves in crises, but simply how…

Ever weaker Union: The Tories lack a constitutional theory

25 June 2021 12:10 am

No doubt Michael Gove is satisfied with how his latest comments on Scottish independence have gone down. The Chancellor of…

Scrapping English votes for English laws could spell trouble

17 June 2021 9:56 pm

It has been almost 45 years since Tam Dalyell first asked the West Lothian Question. It is a damning indictment…

A politician's guide to non-denial denials

28 April 2021 4:50 pm

Michael Gove was deployed to the Commons on Monday afternoon to answers questions on the ministerial code, an hour-long appearance…

Gove hints at vaccine passport app

30 March 2021 9:31 pm

It wasn’t so long ago that ministers were lining up on broadcast to insists vaccine passports were out of the…

Petronella Wyatt: I’m not surprised Michael Gove is a lockdown fanatic

19 December 2020 9:00 am

What this government needs is a good dose of the London mob, which at its height in the 18th century…

Has Spitting Image ever been funny?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Thank you, Spitting Image, for the nostalgia trip! Your new series on BritBox has rekindled with almost Proustian fidelity those…

I admit it: I was wrong to back Boris

19 September 2020 9:00 am

A friend emailed me earlier this week in despair about the Prime Minister. ‘Boris reminds me of a hereditary king…

The confusion in government goes beyond face masks

18 July 2020 9:00 am

When Michael Gove delivered the Ditchley Annual Lecture last month he spoke about why citizens feel that the political system…

It’s not only Cummings whose fate is at stake

30 May 2020 9:00 am

When the cabinet met by conference call on Monday, three ministers spoke in support of Dominic Cummings: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Suella…

The British state needs rewiring

16 May 2020 9:00 am

‘Covid-19 has been perhaps the biggest test of governments worldwide since the 1940s,’ declares the government’s command paper on the…

The ridiculousness of the bookshelf police

5 May 2020 12:15 am

‘People want to know why Michael Gove owns “racist” and “anti-Semitic” books’, reports the Independent’s website. By ‘people’ it actually…

What have you changed your mind about? A Spectator Christmas survey

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Grayson Perry In 1992 I created a graphic novel called Cycle of Violence. Reading it now, the initially striking thing…

Revealed: David Cameron’s ‘Gove protocol’

10 October 2019 2:20 am

When Michael Gove was welcomed back into government this year and appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, some wondered…

‘Cameron was a bloody good prime minister’: Michael Gove interviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Michael Gove stands in front of an empty throne in the magnificent Cabinet Office room. George III was the last…

‘I just kept getting turned down and turned down’: Catherine Foster

From the NHS to Bayreuth: Norman Lebrecht talks to midwife-turned-opera singer Catherine Foster

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Every summer for the past six years, Bayreuth has risen to its feet to acclaim an English Brünnhilde. Catherine Foster,…

Boris’s big mistake? Agreeing to the BBC debate

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Boris and his team made a mistake by agreeing to take part in Tuesday’s BBC leadership debate. In such decisions,…

The Boris campaign get the leadership final they hoped for

21 June 2019 4:24 am

There will be sighs of relief in the Boris Johnson camp this evening after Jeremy Hunt won the second spot…

Portrait of the week: Gove confesses, Brexit party falters and the BBC makes pensioners pay

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Home Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, a candidate for the Conservative leadership, admitted he had used cocaine several times 20…

It would be weird if Gove hadn’t taken drugs

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Cocaine is an abominable drug, by far the most hateful of all the various uppers and downers and psychoactives because…

Michael Gove’s cocaine blues

8 June 2019 5:46 pm

The Tory leadership race has taken on a new turn this weekend with the Daily Mail splashing on Michael Gove’s…

How I could get a better Brexit deal

7 June 2019 1:07 am

There are things that we can do which will change the way in which we leave the European Union. I…