The first move announced in the Cabinet reshuffle was in the justice post. Chris Grayling is off to become leader of the Commons and Michael Gove is to become justice secretary and lord chancellor.
Gove is one of those figures with an army of detractors marching in his wake. I can’t ever remember teachers particularly liking an education secretary, but I’ve never seen them hate one with such passion, apart from perhaps David Blunkett. There’s therefore been a bit of ‘here we go’ greeting the announcement. That’s premature. Gove’s appointment is cause for cautious optimism. He is a far more impressive and respectable choice for the post than his predecessor.
The education secretary’s free schools project is not, as some of its critics suggest, some act of wanton vandalism in the name of improving standards only for those who least need them. It is a sensible project conducted with too much zeal to be successful. Gove got a bit lost in his ideological fever and couldn’t countenance theRead More »from How dangerous will Michael Gove be at the Ministry of Justice?