Monday, 5 July 2010

A Word About Michael Gove

Education is an area that interests me intensely so it might not be surprising that I'm spending the early evening watching the education funding statement on the parliament channel at this very moment (exciting, eh?).

Suffice to say, and in the spirit of his refreshing brevity and precision, Michael Gove is giving one of the more polished parliamentary performances I've seen in defending his policy of suspending Ed Balls' pie-in-the-sky, dishonest pre-election plans for building and refurbishing 700 schools. A number of facts are emerging thanks to Gove's extraordinary mastery of the detail, not least among them the bureaucratic waste, vast inefficiency and dreadful mismanagement of PFI contracts by Ed Balls and the department he apparently headed (even though he seemed far more busy most of the time trying in his role as Gordon Brown's barely house trained thug, propping up the auld fraud and protecting him almost 24/7 from his own cabinet, a full time job in itself).

Gove's handling of the various whining Labour opposition MPs, moaning about things that their own pathetic leadership brought down on them, is just breathtakingly good. The more insulting and detached from reality they become, the more witty and precise his answers become and, in a spiral that can only ever tarnish the grim image of the socialists further, causes the Labour MPs to become even more insulting and detached from reality.

The reason for this is simple: the principles underpinning Gove's policy initiatives, even ones that amount to large but necessary cuts in the education budget at a time, thanks to the disastrous failures of the previous government, of great insecurity in the public finances, are bullet proof. Better value for money, less bureaucracy and higher standards through greater choice are on offer. And you would bet your house that Gove is the sort of man who will deliver.

All poor old Balls, the biggest villain of this piece, can do meanwhile is moan about the list of affected schools not being available in the Commons library for a handful of minutes. That really is the best he can do - and it's not very good, is it? I think I can predict Gove's response: "Ball, E: must do better, but on the strength of past performances probably won't. D-".

Gove is a truly impressive figure - everyone knows that. But when he's up against the likes of feeble Balls and his ilk on the opposition benches, he looks like a world beater. Cameron beware!

Oh dear. And Balls is still moaning away - this time about his money fiddling of that dodgy Islamic faith school some aeons ago. Labourists - you've gotta love 'em (sort of). They are totally clueless. It's a wonder to me they remember to breathe.

For them to be whinging about pre-announced policies is just priceless!


  1. We'll be paying for PFI until 3000. In Scotand we have been lumbered with hospitals which cost more in rent for 5 years than their total build cost. As they are modern buildings they will only last 30- 40 years. We'll never stop paying for them. We could have had 20 hospitals for the amount these idiots have lumbered us with.

    God help us if we get them back. Iain Gray is a particularly dim example of Labour MSP.

    Is education in Wales still controlled from England?

  2. Wales' education policy is not controlled by Westminster (a good thing), but the education grants still are (not such a good thing). However, there are some rumours going around that Camneron is about to agree that the Welsh Assembly gain powers to raise - and cut - some central taxes, including income and corporation tax. I guess the Tories have finally come to realise, for instance, that it would hardly make any difference to the overall central tax take, since Welsh income tax raises a measly £4.5 billion a year for the treasury in London.

    I wonder if he's thinking about doing the same thing for Scotland...

    I know none of this will satisfy those who campaign for full secession (why should it?), but their voice is far less powerful in Wales and these proposals, for me and others, as far as the Principality is concerned, are to be welcomed with open arms.

    Let's hope they're more than just rumours.

    Agree with all your points about PFI. Even I was startled by the examples you gave (and I can believe anything of the Labourists). What a pisspoor bunch of corrupt wasters they were. Everywhere.


Any thoughts?