Today started off with prominent Brexiters Boris Johnson and Michael Gove pledging that a vote to leave the EU would result in the VAT on energy bills being scrapped — only to be contradicted by one of their own colleagues.
With Jeremy Hunt embroiled in a bitter struggle with junior doctors over a new contract — ostensibly part of his plans for a so-called ‘seven-day NHS’ — the Daily Telegraph has been slammed for suggesting that patients with suspected fractures can’t get X-rays at NHS hospitals on a Sunday.
Act of Gove: a legal term for an unstoppable destructive force of nature or disaster beyond our control. Here are a few examples of destructive Acts of Gove: Michael lowers standards of education in our schools Michael takes primary schools back to the Victorian era Michael abolishes summer Michael forces 400,000 schoolchildren to be taught by unqualified teachers Michael refuses to drive […]
Former Cabinet Office minister (now globe-trotting trade minister) Francis Maude wrote in November 2010 on the Tories’ commitment to transparency:
DfE and their academies czar have been left red faced after a high profile and controversial conversion of a school to academy status ground to a halt — after parents pointed out that the process was, like, illegal and stuff.
A Tory MP has staged a bizarre roof top protest after failing to secure money for a local school. While Conservatives freely admit that the government is directing taxpayers’ cash at marginal seats, out-of-favour Whittaker saw pleas to fix a water-damaged school in his constituency fall on deaf ears. Touring Calder High School with Whittaker six months before the last general […]
One of the Tories’ flagship Free Schools is almost certain to go to the wall — losing its government funding after being put into special measures following a damning Ofsted report. Here’s what Michael Gove had to say about the school back in September 2013: Grahame Morris MP: It has been reported that the Durham free school […]
Having told their MPs they ‘could go off to supper’ until a vote at 10pm, a wrong-footed Tory whipping operation was then forced to drag them all back in again this evening to avoid a defeat by rebels on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). The MPs recalled included David Cameron — who was dressed in white […]
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 […]