Gove, Cameron and the old four year Switcheroo…

Here’s a classic case of where the polling mechanism breaks down. The question presumes there’s a meaningful difference in interest between Michael Gove and his boss, the British Prime Minister.

I’m not convinced there is any such difference. I saw the Indy going to town on the salary loss, but to be frank, career progression in politics often means taking a hit in the near term.

Govey’s work is done in Cabinet. Now he’s in the war cabinet. This one of the several strategic advantages of announcing you will go full term regardless. Clear your desk a year out and use you considerable government resources for electoral war.

Mr Cameron is not as dumb as he’s often portrayed…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • MalcolmRedfellow

    Nice try, Mr Fealty, and there is reason in what you say.

    The salary thing is significant only in so far as it underlines how “public service” is so devalued it comes with precise monetary numbers attached. More significant still is that the Tory Leader in the House of Lords now “attends” Cabinet (on a lower salary than before), but has no clout: that implies to me a major shift in the constitutional arrangement, long overdue.

    David Davis, Liam Fox, Owen Paterson, Andrew Lansley … Mr Cameron certainly choses his enemies (and, in due time, his political assassins) with care.

    Mr Gove, by the way, seems not to have had a particularly stellar start in his new job, losing his first vote 203 to 16 (and himself, allegedly, being found in the wrong lobby).

    Now to the meat.

    The architect of this reshuffle, by general agreement, was Lynton Crosby. Story, end of.

  • the rich get richer

    Mr Gove is cold fish fare.

    Only useful if you want cold fish and unfortunately not nearly as capable as he thinks he is.

  • Zig70

    At the end of the day, Gove is/was shit at change management. Akin to SFs handling of the 11plus. The intent may be highest but if you can’t complete the transition then you aren’t the man to start it.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    The mere fact that the Unions hated Gove so much is enough for me to love him. Gove got shit canned by a spineless PM and should have been left to do a Thatcher on the NUT, NUSUWT, TWATS. Teachers don’t want assessed as they might be shown to be crap teachers. Sure what’s to worry, they are only responsible for the future education of our children.