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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Michael Gove: God, the Queen and School Uniform

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, is in the newspapers today. He wants to give The Queen a new yacht for her Jubilee - or, rather, he wants to take £60 million from taxation for that purpose.He's also the man who is printing King James's Bibles for distribution to every school in the Land, whether they like it or not.

I always think of Gove as a man living in a fantasy world dated 1953, a year in which I got a Mug for the Queens' Coronation from North End County Primary School - a school where children fainted in assembly (they were hungry), where children smelt (they were neglected), where their faces were painted with gentian violet (that's how impetigo was treated).

We did God in those assemblies where children fainted flat on the polished wood floors, we were supposed to do School Uniform of the kind Gove fantasises - blazers, ties, grey flannel shorts, grey wool socks turned over at the top - we did the Queen.

Michael Gove is a Tory nutter just as Ruth Kelly was a New Labour nutter. In the world of British politics, such people end up running Education because The Daily Mail also thinks that Education is about God,The Queen and School Uniform

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