Michael Gove’s leadership candidacy brings the press to Surrey Heath

Tom Chivers, a journalist for Buzzfeed, has been seeking the opinion of locals in Windlesham on Michael Gove’s candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

Click on this link to read this article – This Is What Michael Gove’s Constituents Think Of The Crazy Times In The Tory Party, or click on image below.


Michael Gove’s statement on his voting intention in the EU Referendum

On 20 February 2016, Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Justice, gave a detailed statement on his position regarding the EU Referendum

Vote LeveFor weeks now I have been wrestling with the most difficult decision of my political life. But taking difficult decisions is what politicians are paid to do. No-one is forced to stand for Parliament, no-one is compelled to become a minister. If you take on those roles, which are great privileges, you also take on big responsibilities.
I was encouraged to stand for Parliament by David Cameron and he has given me the opportunity to serve in what I believe is a great, reforming Government. I think he is an outstanding Prime Minister. There is, as far as I can see, only one significant issue on which we have differed.

And that is the future of the UK in the European Union. It pains me to have to disagree with the Prime Minister on any issue. My instinct is to support him through good times and bad.

But I cannot duck the choice which the Prime Minister has given every one of us. In a few months time we will all have the opportunity to decide whether Britain should stay in the European Union or leave. I believe our country would be freer, fairer and better off outside the EU. And if, at this moment of decision, I didn’t say what I believe I would not be true to my convictions or my country.

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Michael Gove visits Lightwater & the villages in the east of the Surrey Heath

Coming from visits to Bagshot and Chobham, and then to Lightwater’s village centre before going off to Windlesham, Michael Gove met some Lightwater residents, and followed up with some canvassing in streets near the village centre. I know all readers won’t be fascinated by my photo brief blog of the event. But here they are anyway,


Michael Gove MP presses Barclays Bank to retain Lightwater bank branch

The Lightwater Business Association requested Michael Gove’s help in pressing Barclays Bank to retain their branch in Lightwater. Here’s Michael’s letter to Tim Salter, chairman of the LBA.

If Barclays retain their ATM in the village, that will be a small and worthwhile victory.

If it’s secret or confidential secure it from view

It was career ending for Met Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, when he openly carried a confidential briefing document in Downing Street.

I’ve railed against such unprofessional conduct before, even recently asking our MP Rt. Hon Michael Gove why it continues to happen. His ever courteous reply, that the riot act is read out to ministers and civil servants about avoiding compromising security.

Yet again it’s happened. Reported by the Daily Telegraph last night, in their Ukraine Crisis Live column

19.41 A secret briefing document held by an individual walking into Downing Street has been photographed. It suggests the UK will oppose trade sanctions against Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Freelance photographer Steve Back of Political Pictures snapped the document.

The document also suggests that the UK will not try and restrict Russian trade through the City of London.

It does, however, suggest that Britain may place visa restrictions on some Russians.

The odious sense of entitlement of the quangocracy

Like many I’ve long held a sceptical view of the politicisation of quangos [quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation].

Quangos are established by government as an executive agencies, though sharing goals, they’re independent of each other. In principle they are free from direct government control, and free from party politics. Well, that’s the aim. In practice an appointment to a quango has been a political reward.

Yes, yes, get to the point please.

Well, the bleating of Baroness Morgan – the head of OFSTED – about not being reappointed exhibits two things; an odious sense of entitlement that it’s my right to carry on, and exhibiting the base party politics that she apparently so deplores.

Here are some facts for your consideration,

  • Ofsted was set up by John Major’s government in 1992. It says about itself, “Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial”. Note impartial.
  • On 8th Feb 2011 Education Secretary Michael Gove appoints Baroness Morgan of Huyton to post of Ofsted chairman.
  • Wikipedia entry for Baroness Morgan, recording a lifetime of political activism for the Labour Party.
  • Baroness Morgan was Director of Government Relations working in Tony Blair’s office at No.10.
  • On Friday 31st January 2014 Michael Gove announces that Baroness Morgan will not be reappointed OFSTED chair when her term ends in February 2014. So that’s simply she’s not being renewed as chair, that’s not the same as being sacked.

Baroness Morgan is displaying politics that she so disparages. “There is an absolutely determined effort from Number 10 that Conservative supporters will be appointed to public bodies,” said Baroness Morgan. Completely forgetting that she was appointed by the Coalition government.

She complains about the politicisation of quango appointments by Conservatives, conveniently ignoring that facts, as Fraser Nelson in The Spectator neatly discounts. It strikes me that there’s politics in play here from Baroness Morgan, if I can’t keep my job, I’ll be like Elizabeth Bolt in the Just William stories, “I’ll scream and scream until I’m sick”.

UPDATE: Excellent chart in Peter Hoskin’s article, again completely disproving her argument.