Gove may be gone, but his legacy is in safe hands

Gove is gone but his legacy is in safe hands.

For a man who has had an online game dedicated to slapping him millions of times, it is something of an achievement that Michael Gove has lasted as long as he has.

Derided by teachers and the butt of jokes over his condemnation of strike action despite his union past (he was a member of the NUJ and took part in a strike), Gove it seems could not weather the final storm.

During the recent public sector strikes, Gove, rather than the prime minister, was the focal point for hatred and ridicule.

He has been an important fall guy for the prime minister, taking the flak over education ‘reforms’ as well as a friend of Cameron’s prior to parliament and a close ideological and political ally in cabinet.

There have been rumours about leadership challenges to David Cameron, possibly from Gove himself, but this reshuffle is about being seen to be changing things, while mission privatise education, privatise NHS continues unabated.

This becomes even more clear when you look at Gove’s replacement, Nicky Morgan.

The Oxford graduate and former corporate lawyer has a classic Tory voting record. She is a party loyalist who only voted against the government in opposition to gay marriage legislation in a free vote.

Among her other highlights, she voted strongly for reducing the rate of corporation tax and voted strongly against a banker’s bonus tax. She voted in favour of £9,000 tuition fees and strongly favours academies and so-called ‘free’ schools.

A trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, Morgan said in an interview about being a woman in politics in 2011:

“Thatcher was a very strong role model and she was one of the reasons I joined the Conservative Party.”

What Morgan will bring is a change of personality – she has criticised Tory backbenchers in the past for overly negative campaigning and using ‘the language of hate’ over immigration.

However, education campaigners will not be holding their breath for a reversal in government policy.

By changing the education secretary, Cameron has made a smart triple-pronged manoeuvre. He has rid himself of a potential rival, quelled criticism that he doesn’t promote enough women to senior cabinet posts and can almost be certain education campaigners won’t make Morgan a hate figure like they did with Gove.

Gove is gone but his legacy is in safe hands.

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5 Responses to “Gove may be gone, but his legacy is in safe hands”

  1. swatnan

    To think that this nerd was touted as a future PM by his adoring freebooters.
    Now he has been reduced to ashes. Dave should beware that even the most devoted Tory can turn on their benefactors once they have tasted power; it goes to their heads, you know.
    In getting rid of one potential rival, he’s created just another one.

  2. Selohesra

    I quite liked Gove – although his somewhat unfortunate appearance probably ruled out future PM role. The fact that Labour/Unions/BBC hated him does not mean he was doing a bad job or did not have best interests of pupils including ones in state education in his plans.

  3. treborc1

    F*ck sake it would be safe in Labour hands they have agreed with most of Gove ideas, forgetting Miliband words again, not all the Tories do is bad, and free school are working, then he battles like hell to tell us they would go, now he tells they will stay.

    Dithering seems to be a new labour ideal these days Brown and MIliband two or the worse differs I’ve seen.

  4. treborc1

    Problem is I use to get Gove Mixed up with Miliband, it was lucky Gove wore those glasses.

    I mean labour policies on Free schools, they like them, says it all really.

  5. Leon Wolfeson

    Intentions excuse the massive damage which is being done to the educational system? Ha.

    He wasn’t doing a bad job, he’s actively been undermining the basics of education in this country, and we’re going to need far more imported high-skill workers as a result.

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