With pressure building on David Ruffley, the Tory MP who accepted a caution for assaulting his partner, what better person to investigate the matter than new chief whip, Michael Gove. Errrr … This from last November: “Women’s Aid is challenging statements made by Michael Gove in a speech on reforms to social care which, it […]

While claims that Michael Gove will replace the chair of Britain’s schools inspectorate with a Tory donor splashed the papers earlier this week, regular Scrapbook readers may have been less than surprised — as the education secretary is absolutely shameless in placing Tories in supposedly non-political roles. Leaving genuine political advisers to one side, here’s a run-down of his cronies: £2M EDUCATION […]

Michael Gove’s consigliere Dominic Cummings — dubbed ‘The Mekon’ by DfE staff owing to his apparent resemblance to the arch enemy of comic book hero Dan Dare — is back on quotable form with an assault on Number 10 splashing The Times (£). On David Cameron: “As Bismarck said about Napoleon III, Cameron is a sphinx without a riddle … Everyone is […]

While funding for a controversial anti-extremism body was explored by Newsnight as a proxy for tensions between Michael Gove and Theresa May last week, what has drawn less scrutiny is Gove’s role in securing a £120,000 bail out for a think tank whose advisory board he had sat on until he entered government. The Quilliam Foundation had its ‘preventing […]

Rivalry between Theresa May and Michael Gove has exploded into the open once again — with the pair bitterly briefing against each other on the issue of extremism in schools. With Gove attempting to outsource the blame for claims of Islamist entryism to the education system in Birmingham, May has hit back by releasing a letter with barbed questions […]

Readers may remember 28 year-old Conservative Tom Shinner, whose utterly farcical over-promotion to a £105,000 Whitehall director role by Michael Gove was highlighted by Scrapbook back in January. Shinner’s original toehold in the education bureaucracy (prior to catching the Gove gravy train) was as a director/governor of Greenwich Free School, whose recent inspection enables us to evaluate his performance and […]

It was perhaps inevitable that Michael Gove’s comments on the “preposterous” number of Old Etonians surrounding David Cameron — interpreted as a barb not only against Cameron but wannabe leader Boris Johnson — would make an appearance during the budget debate. While Cameron and Gove resort to embarrassed laughter, Osborne — whose leadership hopes were boosted […]