An email obtained by Political Scrapbook provides yet more evidence of the friendship between Michael Gove and the man charged by Rupert Murdoch with mopping up the hacking scandal, Joel Klein. After Klein described the education secretary as a “hero” at a conference in January, a departmental email reveals Gove responded by sending “a little something” to Rupert’s fixer.
And after events of the Summer drew significant interest to the education secretary’s regular meetings with News Corporation executives — not to mention doubling his MP’s salary with a £60,000 contract — the former journalist seems finally to have overcome his shyness regarding his former employers.
At Conservative conference this week the cabinet minister gushed to activists about Rupert Murdoch:
“I am a great admirer of Rupert Murdoch … I think he is a force of nature and a phenomenon. I think he is a great man.”
What’s the betting this “great man” will provide a “great job” to Gove when he leaves government?