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06:43 pm - This charmless man
I predicted earlier this year than Michael Gove would be out of his job before I am out of mine. Looking more likely all the time.

Without making any comment, I will just quote some sentences from the Guardian report on his abolition of School Sports Partnerships (now overruled):
Gove did not bother to ....look at how the system worked before deciding he knew best. He did not discuss his move with other ministers with far more knowledge of the issues than himself... peddled shockingly misleading statistics ... irresponsible and deeply insulting to those in the field who knew they did not reflect the true picture... driven by a sense of mission so powerful that.... it can obscure good sense and make him believe he does not need to bother to research his subject... if this whole episode is an indication of how much thought goes into other major changes being planned for children attending state schools, then we should be very, very worried indeed.

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From:steepholm
Date:December 20th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I don't believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I'd be thinking, Keith Joseph. Without the brains.
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From:communicator
Date:December 20th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Probably strongly influenced by him.

No - I know - Marie Antoinette: 'anyone put off by debt from going to University doesn't deserve to be there'

Edited at 2010-12-20 06:50 pm (UTC)
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From:steepholm
Date:December 20th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
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And before her, Caligula: "Would that the Roman people had but one neck!"
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From:matgb
Date:December 20th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Gove's been on the top of the list of likely to go since, um, when did he mess up the BSF announcement? Then. I didn't like him before that, but he's proven himself to be incompetent more often than competent.

If he goes, most likely to replace him would of course be David Laws, which would have the added bonus of displacing Sarah Teather as education #2. While I really like her, I don't trust her in education. Wish they'd get on and announce whether he's cleared or not for the expenses thing, that was supposed to be being pushed through.
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From:communicator
Date:December 20th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Laws may consider being put in charge of education as some kind of punishment
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From:matgb
Date:December 20th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Nah, he was LD education speaker in opposition, and wrote a much better (and more liberal) version of the free schools policy as a policy paper, it got rejected by FPC, unfortunately.

He'd much rather be chancellor, but a senior cabinet role that he knows the brief for backwards would suit him.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:December 20th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
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One of the things that I find scary about his thoughts on ITT isn't that he thinks he doesn't need to research his subject, but that he *knows* what the research says, and *still* believes that he knows best.
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From:communicator
Date:December 20th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
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I don't know very much about teacher training, but it's a familiar story, and the I think it's the same across the board
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From:happytune
Date:December 21st, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Heard him recently give a talk about ITT. The thing that terrified me most was his absolute assertion that children must learn 'a' at age 'x, 'b' at age 'y' and 'c' at age 'z'. Um...Piaget died 30 years ago and we've learnt a thing or two since then. On this basis he believes that teaching is a taught craft, and not something that necessitates any knowledge of philosophy or psychology, or a constant engagement with evidence-based reflective practice. Not that the previous govt did /that/ much better in teacher training terms, but you'd think a bloody historian would think differently! He's a tosser.
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From:iainjcoleman
Date:December 21st, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah, Gove's a prick. He has somehow managed to get a reputation as an intellectual without actually ever doing anything intelligent. He strikes me as someone who has always managed to coast by on a certain level of native wit without ever being challenged to come to grips with anything really difficult.

In a way, he's the Anti-IDS. Iain Duncan Smith is no great shakes in the brains department, but he's spent years researching welfare issues and is making a major contribution to policy. I read the big report he came out with a year ago and, although there were bits I disagreed with and places where I thought he'd missed a trick, it did seem on the whole a thorough, well-founded and thought-provoking piece of work.

I cannot imagine Gove ever having the humility to do something like that. Coming to grips with anything difficult, complex or challenging would be far too much like hard work.

Basically, my problem with Gove is that he reminds me far too much of myself at the age of 17. I grew up. Gove is a Cabinet minister.

I recall, just after the election, almost posting the following comment on a post of yours regarding who might end up as your ultimate political boss: "If you're lucky, it'll be David Laws. If you're unlucky, it'll be Iain Duncan Smith. If you're really, really unlucky, it'll be Michael Gove." If I had only posted it at the time, I might have gained some points for prescience.
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From:communicator
Date:December 21st, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
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It is interesting to see within the Civil Service, that some people remain neutral, and some people are eager to adapt. They may have to adapt once more.
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From:gair
Date:December 21st, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
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gratuitous use of icon
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From:communicator
Date:December 21st, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
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At least Lucius realises he was horribly, horribly, wrong.
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From:happytune
Date:December 21st, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
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And he doesn't look like the Child Catcher.

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