Some refreshing candour from Gove

Shane Rae's picture
Sorry if already mentioned here!

In his recent speech to the Royal Society of Maths and Sciences (29 June 2011), Gove introduces himself thus:

'I am a journalist by profession, a politician by accident and a historian in my dreams.

I am, therefore, in all too many ways, poorly equipped to address an audience of the nation’s most distinguished mathematicians and scientists.'

...or anyone remotely concerned about education.
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Francis Gilbert's picture
Tue, 05/07/2011 - 15:52

Well spotted! I think Gove is a closet anarchist.

Janet Downs's picture
Tue, 05/07/2011 - 17:14

It's a pity Mr Gove doesn't extend his realisation that he is "poorly equipped" to speak to the Royal Society of Maths and Sciences to the stuff he spouts in the Commons and elsewhere. That he was once a journalist is obvious - he speaks in soundbites. It sounds good but is flawed and ill-informed. That he is a politician by accident is patently obvious. And as for "a historian in my dreams" - I'm afraid a historian needs to have respect for evidence, an ability to analyse and weigh up arguments, and the ability to reach an informed conclusion. I think he'll just have to keep on dreaming.

Pamela Durney's picture
Thu, 07/07/2011 - 21:45

I agree about Gove. He was supposed to visit our local dilapidated secondary schools in Newark today but pulled out with barely 4 hours notice. Officially this was due to 'diary problems'. Is a man who can't organize his diary fit to be running our education system?Unofficially the reason was because he 'has nothing to say!' That's nearer the mark. He can't look our young people in the eye and tell them they don't need a new school building. Shame on you Gove.

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