Education secretary Michael Gove has been unleashed, according to the Daily Telegraph
. And this time his target for an (allegedly) ferocious mauling is not the “Blob” but London mayor Boris Johnson.
Apparently, Boris wants more power to intervene in failing schools. But two things prevent his doing so. The London Mayor has no remit over education and the many academies in London are outside the stewardship of local authorities.
Ultimately, power over academies lies with the Education Secretary via academy trusts. Gove’s not going to give that up. His fear is, the Telegraph
says, that if he gives Boris influence over academies then it would set a precedent. Other local authorities (LAs) would lobby for the same. And Gove’s spent the last few years, helped along by the Telegraph
among others, peddling the myth that LAs “control” schools*.
But there is, of course, more to this than who runs London schools. Underneath, there appears to be infighting among the Tory faithful. There’s a two-headed anti-Gove movement in Westminster, says the Telegraph
. One resents Gove’s influence over the PM while the other is annoyed by Gove’s habit of grilling other ministers in meeting.
The upshot, according to the paper, is that Dave has given permission for Michael to “sink his teeth into Boris’s ankles”. Boris’s allies are being less violent – they’ve begun a “whispering campaign” against the education secretary.
Team Boris won’t have far to look for evidence against Michael. They just need to read the many LSN threads which harpoon what Gove has said: the dodgy surveys
, visits to non-existent schools
, hyping up sponsored academies when evidence
shows they do no better than similar non-academies, his misleading use of statistics
, his incontinent attacks
on anyone who opposes him…
And so they stand, like greyhounds in the slips, each ready to maul the other: The Blond Behemoth v Mr Sloppy.
I wonder if William Hill has calculated the odds.
*See faq above "Do local authorities control their schools?"