Let’s not accuse Gove of Housing corruption prematurely

Michael Gove: he has taken a lot of money from property developers and now he is Housing Secretary. But we should not shout “corruption” until there is actual evidence of it.

This Site is all in favour of accusing Tory ministers of corruption when they do something wrong.

But we need to give them a chance to actually commit an offence before we start criticising them.

Michael Gove is a deeply dodgy character for many reasons – some of which have been discussed in detail on This Site.

And it is true that in the run-up to the announcement that he would become the new Housing Secretary in Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle, he took £120,000 in donations from property developers. That amounts to 87 per cent of the donations he has taken in 2021 so far.

Some people have claimed that this creates a conflict of interest, and it certainly does make it possible.


Gove’s first act in his new job has been to suspend work on controversial planning reforms that were accused of giving “too much power to developers”.

Try as I might, I can’t fit that into any narrative that puts him at their beck and call.

Of course, suspension is not rejection, and if he reinstates the scheme, or comes up with one that offers more opportunities for the businesspeople to make cash, then he will deserve all the brickbats we can throw at him.

So let’s reserve judgement for now.

And hope that Gove gets the message.

It is this: we’re watching you, Michael.

Source: Michael Gove: UK Housing Secretary Took £120k From Property Developers

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2 thoughts on “Let’s not accuse Gove of Housing corruption prematurely

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    Traitors gate needs reopened has this lot dipped robbed or swindled monies there isn’t any honest ones among them

  2. Hecuba

    Tory constituents don’t want the property developers building huge ugly housing developments in their special little england land!’

    ‘Earlier this year, the Conservatives lost their previously safe seat of Chesham and Amersham, in part due to local concerns over increased house building.

    Labour’s shadow communities secretary Steve Reed said the reforms should be “scrapped altogether” adding that they risked “selling out communities and gagging residents from having a say over development in their area”.

    So this is why fascist Gove has suspended the fascist tory policy on planning developments! Expect him to announce only labour controlled constituencies will be subjected to mass property development and residents in these areas will be denied their right to protest/challenge the wholesale enrichment of greedy property developers!

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