Gove stands for Tory leadership, but will Boris stand down?

Oh, where’s all the Northern Irish news gone? This is kinda funny: a Tory continuation of the end of the pier show Labour’s been running for the general entertainment of the great British public…  It’s that email that Mrs Gove sent to Mr Gove.

Very important that we focus on the individual obstacles and thoroughly overcome them before moving to the next. I really think Michael needs to have a Henry or a Beth with him for this morning’s crucial meetings.

“One simple message: you MUST have SPECIFIC from Boris OTHERWISE you cannot guarantee your support. The details can be worked out later on, but without that you have no leverage.

“Crucially, the membership will not have the necessary reassurance to back Boris, neither will Dacre/Murdoch, who instinctively dislike Boris but trust your ability enough to support a Boris Gove ticket.

“Do not concede any ground. Be your stubborn best.


Result: Now the Dacre Murdoch candidate is standing for leader, and Boris is rumoured to be considering stepping down.

Wonder how that happened…?

Updated: And, he’s gone.

  • whatif1984true

    Gove has seen what happened to Blair Brown and Cameron Osborne pairings.

  • terence patrick hewett

    Gove will be the EU’s worst nightmare. Only when they come up against a Scot of incisive intellect with a feel for detail will they come to know truly what H*ll is really like.

  • Sharpie

    Gove will win – there are too many potential puns in his name for headline writers in both broadsheets and tabloids not to choose him.

    He is also cock sure of his own intellect. However the crazy ideological stuff he got up to at education is a worrying portent and will leave the cameron / blairite axis firmly in the centre ground.

  • Msiegnaro

    Surely the next Conservative leader has to be from the Brexit camp.

  • Msiegnaro

    Can you remind me on the education front what he did? I remember a number of teacher unions giving him a vote of “no confidence” but after that my knowledge is limited.

  • Sharpie

    He changed policy on GCSE’s – scrapped re-sits, did away with modularity (no course work), nearly ripped up the curriculum system- he wanted to move to a profit-based franchise system for setting curriculum and exams, proposed every school becoming an academy. The big thing was the way he did it – it was a like a weekly directive with no pre-warning or rationale.

    Northern Ireland is slowly catching up with his system (last week Minister announced GCSE’s will be recognised as marked from 1 to 9 alongside CCEA’s letter based marking) and Wales swung quickly but Scotland moved further away from it.

  • Anglo-Irish

    I have a niece who’s a teacher, I made the mistake of asking her what she thought of Gove.

    He is generally hated throughout the teaching profession for the disruption and downturn in morale he was responsible for.

    She is leaving teaching and returning to the commercial workplace which she gave up at the sacrifice of a lower salary because she thought teaching was an important contribution.

    She will now be better paid and happier and she isn’t alone in making this decision.

    Gove is an arrogant piece of work, too convinced of his own brilliance to listen to advice.

  • Anglo-Irish

    Yes, Boris will indeed stand down. Never a dull moment these days is there?

  • Sharpie

    He did stand down. The first cynical suggestion is that he knows the next PM will have a short lifespan in the job – trying to get parliament to trigger Article 50, fighting with the Scottish, negotiating with EU as well as with 60 other nations to replace existing agreements is going to dominate against a background of economic recession and international capital flight.

    Smartest move he has made yet.

  • hgreen

    Yea he really looks like a tough guy when his wife seems to have to do his battles for him. I’m sure Angela will be quaking in her boots.

  • Obelisk

    Boris Johnson, student of history, has done an Eamon De Valera and washed his hands of the negotiations so he can sit on his high horse.

  • hgreen

    Very clever by Boris. Whoever triggers article 50 is basically f**ked.

  • terence patrick hewett

    When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
    He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
    But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

    When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
    He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
    But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

    When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
    They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws.
    ‘Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

    Man’s timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
    For the Woman that God gave him isn’t his to give away;
    But when hunter meets with husband, each confirms the other’s tale
    The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

    Man, a bear in most relations-worm and savage otherwise, —
    Man propounds negotiations, Man accepts the compromise.
    Very rarely will he squarely push the logic of a fact
    To its ultimate conclusion in unmitigated act.

    Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
    To concede some form of trial even to his fiercest foe.
    Mirth obscene diverts his anger— Doubt and Pity oft perplex
    Him in dealing with an issue — to the scandal of The Sex!

    But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame
    Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same;
    And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail,
    The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.

    She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
    May not deal in doubt or pity — must not swerve for fact or jest.
    These be purely male diversions — not in these her honour dwells.
    She the Other Law we live by, is that Law and nothing else.

    She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great
    As the Mother of the Infant and the Mistress of the Mate.
    And when Babe and Man are lacking and she strides unclaimed to claim
    Her right as femme (and baron), her equipment is the same.

    She is wedded to convictions — in default of grosser ties;
    Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies! —
    He will meet no suave discussion, but the instant, white-hot, wild,
    Wakened female of the species warring as for spouse and child.

    Unprovoked and awful charges — even so the she-bear fights,
    Speech that drips, corrodes, and poisons — even so the cobra bites,
    Scientific vivisection of one nerve till it is raw
    And the victim writhes in anguish — like the Jesuit with the squaw!

    So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
    With his fellow-braves in council, dare not leave a place for her
    Where, at war with Life and Conscience, he uplifts his erring hands
    To some God of Abstract Justice — which no woman understands.

    And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him
    Must command but may not govern — shall enthral but not enslave him.
    And She knows, because She warns him, and Her instincts never fail,
    That the Female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male.

  • Anglo-Irish

    So basically you’re saying that if it comes down to it Angela will hand Gove his arse on a plate?

    I agree.

  • terence patrick hewett

    I am afraid that poem is a bit more complicated than that.

  • Reader

    Just checking – Osborne is the wallflower – right?

  • IRF

    Ironic choice of phrase, in light of this quip that was doing the rounds after his Telegraph article on Monday: “Boris is trying to put the s**t back into the horse.”

  • Anglo-Irish

    Well I have to be honest I’m not much of one for the metaphysics, probably the Yorkshire side of me. : )

    Admittedly I only skimmed through it, but to me the message ( repeated more than once ) was that the female of the species was more deadly than the male.

    It then appeared to conclude with the advice to the male of the species not to allow the female of the species to govern.

    Bit late with that advice as far as Angela and Gove are concerned, she’s already governing and to my mind she’s a damn sight more competent than him, considering his handling of the education brief and her ten year track record in charge of the most economically powerful country in Europe.

    Apart from the recent refugee mistake she’s proved pretty impressive.

    She’ll have old Gussie Fink-Nottle for breakfast.

  • Obelisk

    Osborne is tied too closely his Cameron.

    Osborne’s last budget in the Autumn resulted in a humiliating climbdown which destroyed his reputation.

    Osborne’s threat of a punishment budget turned too many of his peers against him.

    The only chance Osborne has of becoming Prime Minister is if all his rivals were consumed by a conflagration a la Game of Thrones.

  • terence patrick hewett

    If it comes down to a donny my money is on the ruthless Mrs Gove.

  • Obelisk

    I think it’s clear he never wanted this outcome and he certainly doesn’t want to deal with the headache of clearing the mess up. Gove’s betrayal has given him a perfect get out of jail free card, although betrayal is still betrayal.

    Still, Boris has been shown to be the most manipulative and cynical politician in memory. He has sacrificed the nation on the altar of his own ambition, and having read the augurs has left someone else to clean up the mess.

    The sad thing is, it has probably worked. He will dodge most of the responsibility for what is about to happen and he has refashioned him into a true Tory ‘Big Beast’.

    A plum job in the cabinet surely awaits, if only to somewhat contain him and he can bide his time waiting for a more opportune moment to ascend to the premiership.

    But it must nag him, even now. Was this his moment? And has he missed it through vacillation?

  • IRF

    I think the only option left for Boris to assume the role of British Prime Minister, is as leader of the Labour Party. Stranger things have happened. 😉

  • Anglo-Irish

    You may very well have something there, she definitely wears the trousers in the Gove household.

    A while back in one of her newspaper columns she explained how physically useless and uncoordinated her husband is by telling everyone about a problem he had in a multi storey car park.

    Apparently he managed to get his car wedged up against one of the concrete support columns and was unable to extricate it. No, I’ve no idea how he managed that either!

    She wound up having to drive over and do it for him.

    Not a story most people would like being made public but she was obviously unconcerned, and why shouldn’t she be, she could obviously take him in a fight.

    This is a man incidentally who is regarded as a ‘Hawk’ in political terms.

    So he believes in the use of military force although he himself couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag.

    Acting tough when someone else will be the one spilling their blood isn’t a particularly endearing characteristic.

  • Anglo-Irish

    Well, he has written a biography of Churchill and that old bugger ‘crossed the floor’ when it suited him.

    Self interest disguised as concern for the nation is quite a driving force. : )

  • jm

    Enough with the who wears the trousers, please! I’ve heard that phrase too often in my working life because I work with my husband and “businessmen” expect him to make all the decisions, because he’s the man isn’t he? I don’t like Sarah Vain or her husband very much at all, but give the sexism a rest.

  • Anglo-Irish

    I am about the least misogynist person that you could possibly meet.

    My wife and I were directors of our own company, she was the finance director and I differed to her judgement on that side of the business for the simple reason she was better at it than I was.

    I also have two daughters both of whom have been raised to be strong independent women.

    It’s an expression for crying out loud, don’t be so over sensitive.

    The simple fact is that Sarah Vine appears to be a far stronger and more ruthless character than her husband and that was a shorthand way of saying so in a way that everyone is familiar with.

    Had you paid more attention to the rest of my posts you would see that I have far more respect for Angela Merkel than I do for Michael Gove.

    As for those ‘businessmen’ that make assumptions about who is and who isn’t making decisions I would suggest that they weren’t being very bright and that’s a good way to go about losing business.

  • Reader

    IRF: I think the only option left for Boris to assume the role of British Prime Minister, is as leader of the Labour Party.
    Sorry, Boris is out of it. Leadership of the Labour party should go to the runner up in the Conservative leadership campaign. Labour could do worse, and usually do.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Just a few years ago Gove was with that camp of critics of current historiography attempting to sell the “Flag and Empire” story to real historians:

    “The narrative that the critics want shoved down pupils’ throats in schools – as they sit in rows silently learning lists of kings and queens – is essentially what’s been called the “Whig theory of history”; that is, telling a story of British history over a long period of time, stressing the development of parliamentary democracy in a narrative that culminates in a present viewed in self-congratulatory terms.

    This theory was exploded by professional historians more than half a century ago, under the influence of the classic tract The Whig Interpretation of History by the conservative historian Herbert Butterfield. Yet it still has strong support in the media. The Daily Telegraph and the right-wing think tank Civitas even campaigned to get H E Marshall’s patriotic textbook Our Island Story put on the National Curriculum.”

    Gove’s knowledge of history and the politics that such reading inspires in him appears to have been gained from from his own reading of “Our Island Story”:

    Just try reading the bits on Ireland and just see who long you can hold a straight face.

  • Anglo-Irish

    I would suggest that many British peoples view on English/British history comes from reading ‘Boys Own’ as children and taking it a little too literally.

    You remember the type of thing ” The fair haired young subaltern felled the dusky native with one blow of his Webley revolver “.

    Although you may have been reading Ovid at the time. : )

    It always puzzles me as to how people can’t see that presenting the history of any country as a hagiography is tantamount to propaganda.

    In fairness virtually all countries do it, the Americans have managed to turn the genocide of a native people into Hollywood profit and a game for children.

    There is a direct connection between overblown uninformed pride in country and convincing followers of Islam that killing the Infidel is required.

    Killing for King and country,The Star Spangled Banner or Allah makes little difference to the poor sod who gets killed.

    I mentioned in another post how Gove despite being physically inept is a ‘Hawk’ it would be funny if he wasn’t seeking to achieve an office where it would be dangerous.