Michael Gove

What have you changed your mind about? A Spectator Christmas survey

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Grayson Perry In 1992 I created a graphic novel called Cycle of Violence. Reading it now, the initially striking thing…

Revealed: David Cameron’s ‘Gove protocol’

10 October 2019 2:20 am

When Michael Gove was welcomed back into government this year and appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, some wondered…

‘Cameron was a bloody good prime minister’: Michael Gove interviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Michael Gove stands in front of an empty throne in the magnificent Cabinet Office room. George III was the last…

‘I just kept getting turned down and turned down’: Catherine Foster

From the NHS to Bayreuth: Norman Lebrecht talks to midwife-turned-opera singer Catherine Foster

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Every summer for the past six years, Bayreuth has risen to its feet to acclaim an English Brünnhilde. Catherine Foster,…

Boris’s big mistake? Agreeing to the BBC debate

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Boris and his team made a mistake by agreeing to take part in Tuesday’s BBC leadership debate. In such decisions,…

The Boris campaign get the leadership final they hoped for

21 June 2019 4:24 am

There will be sighs of relief in the Boris Johnson camp this evening after Jeremy Hunt won the second spot…

Portrait of the week: Gove confesses, Brexit party falters and the BBC makes pensioners pay

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Home Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, a candidate for the Conservative leadership, admitted he had used cocaine several times 20…

It would be weird if Gove hadn’t taken drugs

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Cocaine is an abominable drug, by far the most hateful of all the various uppers and downers and psychoactives because…

Michael Gove’s cocaine blues

8 June 2019 5:46 pm

The Tory leadership race has taken on a new turn this weekend with the Daily Mail splashing on Michael Gove’s…

How I could get a better Brexit deal

7 June 2019 1:07 am

There are things that we can do which will change the way in which we leave the European Union. I…

Tory leadership candidates start frenzied final push for support

6 June 2019 2:05 am

With just a few days to go until nominations close in the Tory leadership contest, candidates are busy trying to…

Full-blooded Brexiteers vs cabinet compromisers

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Parties don’t get rid of their leaders unless things are going very badly. But this Tory crisis is different in…

No luxury has ever disappointed me as much as my wood-burning stove

26 January 2019 9:00 am

When I first heard rumours that Michael Gove was planning to go round the country with his environmental Gestapo, ripping…

Leavers have just killed the best chance of Brexit ever happening

19 January 2019 9:00 am

When intelligent, informed and rational people make a choice that onlookers can see confounds their own declared interests, we are…

Life is about so much more than Theresa May’s crappy Brexit deal

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It’s that time of year again when I put aside my wonted snark and share with you a few of…

Will no one ever take on the Green Blob?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Gosh it hurts when your little corner of paradise is destroyed by a few idiots’ ignorance and greed. This is…

Who to believe: calculating Kavanaugh or forgetful Ford?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

A weekend news report says Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s childhood has been scrutinised by colleagues ‘for clues to understanding this…

Michael Gove’s stove ban is a direct attack on country life

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Michael Gove wants to punish those who use wood-burning stoves and possibly even open fires. It would be hard to…

Your Twitter history will always haunt you – if you’re on the right

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I once asked Michael Gove, when he had just been appointed Education Secretary, if he would mind awfully appointing me…

Michael Wolff said the US needed a market-charming president: now it has one

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I once commissioned Michael Wolff —currently the world’s most talked-about journalist as the author of the White House exposé Fire…

To fix this failing government make Gove the CEO and keep May as chairman

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Chairman May Sir: Theresa May is the only politician with a mandate to lead, yet doesn’t seem capable of leading…

The left-wing bias on Celebrity Gogglebox was excruciating

11 November 2017 9:00 am

This week I want to put the boot in to Gogglebox (Channel 4, Fridays). Not the mostly likeable, everyday version,…

Peter Hitchens: Why I climbed on my soapbox after refusing to sign a university’s ‘free speech’ contract

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Where better to be than in Liverpool on a crisp autumn evening, haranguing an open-air meeting of students? I hadn’t…

Don’t let these figures depress you, girls

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

Diary

9 September 2017 9:00 am

September is my time of year. Summer is all very well if you’re one of those golden-haired, long-limbed types who…