Michael Gove offers Simon Cowell guided tour of ‘hundreds’ of state primary schools

12 February 2014

Michael Gove has been practising one of his favourite sports: winding up Simon Cowell. Last year, the education secretary lambasted the music mogul for encouraging youngsters to live the X-Factor dream at the expense of their studies. Today, Gove got even more personal when speaking on LBC:

‘I issue this challenge to Simon now. I don’t think he will find a better school to send his child to than the British state schools that I can show him. I think that as someone who, to his credit, has absolutely no airs and graces, I think that he would recognise that state schools in this country are now better than ever.’

He added, ‘If Simon wants me to show him round a couple or even hundreds of fantastic state primary schools, it would be a pleasure.’


Mr S is not sure that Cowell will be taking up this offer anytime soon, but stranger things have happened.


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  • Fergus Pickering

    I have never seen this Simon Cowell. Am I missing something?

  • Mynydd

    Is this all Mr Gove has got to do with his time, maybe it’s time for him to move on it could well be the Prime Ministers will be available after the May elections

  • Doggie Roussel

    We are agog in anticipation of this oddity’s first child…. will it be a lizard, a snake or some other genus of reptile ?

    A boy reptile with man-boobs or a serpentine girl with antenatal botoxing ?

    I think we should be told… perhaps a birth notice posted outside his Sunningdale mock-Tudor mansion.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Perhaps Si should start a new show called The Desk Factor. 10 year old contestants would go up against 3 judges – heads from State, Public and Stage schools (Si would be the stage school recruiter). The audience would all be NUT members and contestants would do a turn and the judges would pitch for them. Any contestant who picked the public school judge would be howled down by the audience who would try to change their mind by throwing stuff at them or abusing them. If they put up with it for 3 minutes they get a place in the school they chose.

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