Blog Posts - Michael Gove



Not a great start

Some of the choices made by our New Prime Minister as she assembled her Cabinet over the last few days are already showing signs of strain which is of concern to many people including myself. Perhaps more importantly, these problems … Continue...
by IanChisnall on Jul 21, 2016

Accountability is needed

The morning after the vote by UK electors to leave the EU, Boris Johnson stood alongside his then friend, Michael Gove. The two men were seen as the public face of Vote Leave and they each gave a speech which … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jul 20, 2016

A tough democratic challenge

Three weeks ago today each of us over 18 had one vote to cast in a simple decision making vote, whether to remain or leave the European Union. We all thought we knew what to expect. According to Michael Gove … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jul 14, 2016

The unintended consequence of the law

Some of us wish that the UK had never been asked to vote on our place in the EU in the way we were, not because our opinions are not important, but because the issue was far more complex than … Continue reading →...
by IanChisnall on Jul 8, 2016

Brexit : UK Justice Secretary Michael Gove best person to lead Britain out of EU

Britain's Justice Secretary Michael Gove leaves after addressing a press conference in central London on July 1, 2016. (AFP photo)...

Brexit : Michael Gove just turned British politics into an episode of House of Cards

From left: Kevin Spacey as House of Cards villain Francis Underwood and Tory leader hopeful Michael Gove. Photos / Netflix / AP He's quiet, bookish, and widely accused of back-stabbing the front-runner in the race to become the next British prime...

Stay or Leave, promises must be kept

The impending vote (accepting that many have already voted) tomorrow means that by Friday we will know the outcome. We will either be out for good or remaining at least for a generation. Prior to the vote, promises and inferences … Continue rea...
by IanChisnall on Jun 22, 2016

Fine rhetoric with no substance

Yesterday Michael Gove was interviewed on Sky on his views of the EU. The following in italics is a small excerpt which is being promoted extensively by his colleagues who agree with his points of view. He said of people … Continue reading U...
by IanChisnall on Jun 4, 2016

Character building FEAT on a concrete slab in Colindale

The concrete slab viewed through perspex windowPurple marks the proposed school siteBrent's new Cabinet will tomorrow  consider a proposed new free school to be built at the back of the new Morrisons Supermarket on the Oriental Ciry regeneration...
by wembleymatters on May 22, 2016

In whose name?

The pathetic and ridiculous over reaction by the Vote Leave campaign over the decision by ITV to invite Nigel Farage to debate the EU with David Cameron reveals an insight into the way in which such debates and hustings are … Continue reading &...
by IanChisnall on May 12, 2016

Beware Ministerial endorsements

The report by the Governments Education Funding Agency (EFA) that what they were apparently told about the Perry Beeches Academy Trust by a whistleblower in September is correct has come at a bad time for all of the students about to … Continu...
by IanChisnall on Mar 29, 2016

Two long weeks

The quotes above are from the same Politician taken 13 days apart. In that time the change in the negotiating position of our nation through the hands of David Cameron have barely changed. Yet according to our various press and … Continue readi...
by IanChisnall on Feb 22, 2016

Confusing changes badly implemented

The story in todays edition of Schools Week could so easily be written about many  of the changes introduced by our current Government along with many of its predecessors. Far too few Ministers have any real knowledge of how their decisions …...
by IanChisnall on Jan 20, 2016

Leadership challenges

The idea that resigning after a catastrophic event will make the person resigning seem more credible or the event less catastrophic is clearly naïve. The flood damage in various communities in the North West and North East from this Christmas …...
by IanChisnall on Jan 12, 2016

Education based on half truths

The announcement from the Government that it was overturning its previous judgement preventing Kent County Council from building a new Grammar School in Sevenoaks under the guise of a link to the Weald of Kent School in Tonbridge demonstrates th...
by IanChisnall on Oct 16, 2015

The quality of our justice is exceedingly lumpy

An injustice which made the news a few weeks ago during the Summer silly season and I blogged about here has now resurfaced with an added twist. I wrote about two examples of young women who had been caught shoplifting. … Continue reading ͛...
by IanChisnall on Sep 10, 2015

Here’s to a perfect set of laws!

As churches across the land celebrate Shavuot or Pentecost and the giving of the law to Moses through the tablets of stone the nations press is preparing us for their own feast of perfect laws to be introduced by the Government made … Continu...
by IanChisnall on May 24, 2015

How capitalism is destroying education

Capitalism has ripped the heart out of education’s fundamental principles.’ Bradley Allsop discusses how the focus on employment above learning,  the rise of ‘lad culture’ in universities, and stifling of creativity through&nbs...
by London Green Left on Apr 19, 2015

Hunt's neo-liberalism distorts his understanding of education policy

[View the story "Campaigners take Tristram Hunt on over his attack on Green education policy" on Storify]Tristram Hunt's Guardian attack on the Green party's education policy LINK , characteristising it as 'total madness', seems to have spectacularly...
by wembleymatters on Jan 26, 2015

Lets focus on what the nation needs

The dispiriting interview on last nights Newsnight with Michael Gove and the earlier ‘debates’ between Chris Leslie (Labour) and Matthew Hancock (Conservative) which took place separately on both BBC and Channel 4 have provided the evide...
by IanChisnall on Jan 6, 2015


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