Michael Andrew Gove
Current Position In Government:
Current Position In Circus:
Contortionist – Twists and turns at every opportunity to make himself please everyone
Known Best For:
Looking like Pob.
Perhaps slightly more fairly, his department has taken big steps towards reducing plastic consumption. His time as Education Secretary was fraught with criticism, however.
Journalist at The Times, author.
View On Brexit:
Will go back to Brussels to try to negotiate a better deal, but open to idea of extension of a year. However, must leave the EU before next General Election. Keen to protect rights of EU citizens in the UK.
Major Policy Ideas:
Scrap VAT and replace it with a “sales tax.” Reform business rates to reduce advantage for internet retailers.
16/1 – Skybet, 11/06
Take a look at my campaign launch video. I'm ready to unite our party, ready to deliver Brexit and ready to lead our great country 🇬🇧
— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) June 1, 2019
- A competent politician – achieved demonstrable success as Environment Secretary
- A more moderate candidate than some of the hard-line Brexiteers
- Has allies on both the moderate and right-wing sides of the Conservative Party
- Surprisingly good orator
- Subject of some serious criticisms whilst Education Secretary, including cutting the previous government’s school-building programme and encouraging the creation of more academies – highly controversial moves that led to teachers’ strikes.
- Seen as duplicitous – was famously Boris’ most prominent ally during Johnson’s PM bid in 2016, yet stabbed him in the back at the 11th hour to run his own campaign.
- Recently admitted to using cocaine recreationally numerous times when he was working as a journalist. This has not sat well within the party or with the public.
Gove isn’t exactly Mr. Set-The-World-On-Fire, but since his controversial time as Education Secretary he has settled down to become a pretty safe pair of hands (unless your name is BoJo).
Progressive social politics and a diplomatic, rational approach to resolving Brexit appeal to the more moderate One Nation Conservatives, and his stint as a prominent member of Vote Leave means he has allies within the more right-wing ERG, too.
While Boris is the outstanding candidate, Gove is certainly one to watch…
*UPDATE: …Or rather he was, until his cocaine gaffe. This may prove to just be a hiccup rather than a full on catastrophe, however.
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