Conservatism according to Michael Gove: Greed, stupidity and short-sightedness

Bottom of the class: Conservative dunce Michael Gove.

Michael Gove reminded us all why he was nicknamed ‘Donkey’ when he appeared on The Andrew Marr Show and stubbornly refused to understand the facts about university education.

The former Education Secretary – ! – could not see how people could benefit from paying for others to enjoy a university education:

(In fact, his words were: “Those that benefit from university education should not have this paid for by those that do not.”)

Mr Gove seemed delighted by his interview, smiling as the credits rolled at the end of the show. He clearly had no idea what would happen next:

The social media fell on him like a tidal wave – or a hunting pack of predatory animals:

Gove’s ill-advised outburst came as his party was engulfed by its… third?… public spending controversy in a week.

First we had the discovery of the ‘magic money tree’ in Northern Ireland, where it is providing £1 billion to public services over two years, in a clear bribe to get the DUP to support the Tory minority government.

Then we had the vote on ending the public sector pay cap, which the Tories narrowly won – but on which they now seem to be u-turning, meaning police, nurses and the fire/rescue service may get above-one-per-cent rises after all.

Now, Tory ministers appear to be ganging up on Theresa May, demanding that she give something to young people – possibly in recognition of the fact that Labour has won the youth vote.

Here’s the situation, as it unfolded, in headlines:

So this headline could be very embarrassing for Theresa May in the very near future:

Still, Mr Gove’s sentiments have been echoed by others in the Tory hierarchy. No sooner had we read this…

… than we were subjected to this:

The conclusion: The Tories are in chaos again. And, typically, they are divided between selfishness and self-preservation.

Those who want to axe tuition fees think they can win young voters to their party with such a cynical move.

Those who don’t are echoing Michael Gove’s ignorance; they simply cannot understand how supporting people who are talented but poor helps us all in the long run.

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6 thoughts on “Conservatism according to Michael Gove: Greed, stupidity and short-sightedness

  1. damo

    My god this thing is repulsive as repulsive as boris and when your as repulsive as boris ….you know youve got problems.

  2. NMac

    Tories have no conception of society as a whole, they think only of themselves and their self-serving needs. Nasty by name and nasty by nature.

  3. Barry Davies

    I’m old enough to remember when people used to say why should we pay our taxes for for the middle and upper classes kids to get better jobs than we will ever get.

  4. Zippi

    “Those that benefit from university education should not have this paid for by those that do not.” That’s the Tories’ attitude to public service all over, except, of course, when it comes to M.P.s who are not public servants… if they’re Tory, for sure. The arrogance! I didn’t go to university but I’m pretty sure that the teacher who is responsible for my career did. The doctor who takes care of me carries letters after his name, which suggest that he did. The pharmacist who issue my medication and advises me; I’m pretty sire that she did, too. My accountant probably did, too. The list is almost endless. We all pay for somebody, whether it be our own children, or our neighbours’ children, or if we were lucky enough, somebody paid for us and we return the favour; I believe that the Americans call it “paying forward.” Does Michael Gove believe, therefore, that he should pay his university fees back, with interest? Or does he accept that we all benefit, whether we attended university, or not? Eijit!

      1. Zippi

        My point exactly. If, indeed, he attended university, he was the beneficiary of the policy which he is attacking.

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