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Could Michael Gove help Jeremy Hunt solve the junior doctor row?

19 November 2015 12:19

That 98 per cent of junior doctors have voted in favour of strike action over their new contract shows the…


Michael Gove has a rare opportunity to reform the prison system. Will he take it?

9 November 2015 16:20

The Chancellor announced this morning that he will sell off old Victorian jails, which are on prime land for housing…


David Cameron cannot escape blame for the Kids Company scandal

29 October 2015 13:50

Today’s National Audit Office report into the collapse of Kids Company shines new light on the scandal. It shows that…

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Once upon a time… history lessons weren’t so fragmented

26 October 2015 15:12

What might a bright working-class boy from south London have learnt in his school history lessons a hundred years ago?…


Will Michael Gove dare to bring Christianity into his prison reform plans?

13 October 2015 15:48

This April, Michael Gove wrote in The Spectator: ‘To call yourself a Christian in contemporary Britain is to invite pity, condescension…

Michael Gove Is Sworn In As Lord Chancellor

Gove wins battle over Saudi prisons contract

13 October 2015 12:59

The government is pulling out of the £5.9 million deal to run a prison in Saudi Arabia, Number 10 has…


The Tories are right to focus on prison reform – it’s a classic conservative issue

12 October 2015 16:01

Many people were surprised when David Cameron placed prison reform at the heart of his party conference speech last week.…

Michael Gove speaks during day one of the Conservative Party Conference on October 4, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Michael Gove: ‘social progress has always been a Conservative cause’

6 October 2015 14:00

Michael Gove may have left the Department for Education but he hasn’t lost his reforming zeal. In his Tory conference…

Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Tim Montgomerie, Ruth Davidson and Iain Duncan Smith at the Good Right dinner.

The Good Right paves the way to a greater majority in 2020

5 October 2015 16:24

The Tories may have won the general election but that doesn’t mean they have won the argument. The Good Right,…

British Justice Secretary Michael Gove addresses delegates on the first day of the annual Conservative party conference in Manchester, north west England, on October 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Gove sets out the Tory plan to occupy the centre ground

4 October 2015 19:28

Michael Gove is the Justice Secretary, but his speech to the Tory conference this afternoon showed that he is so…

Protest Takes Place Over Immigration Rights

Protesters to serve up anti-Tory cake at party conference

1 September 2015 14:08

The Great British Bake Off has been praised for getting the nation cooking. Now, it seems the fever has become…

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Why are private schools so touchy about state schools’ success?

22 August 2015 10:11

The success of school reform in Britain seem to be worrying the private schools’ spokesmen. They’ve taken the unusual step of…

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Make politics more ‘transparent’ and politicians will become less honest

12 August 2015 17:12

Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write: I feel sorry for Hillary Clinton. Following months of scandal over…

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Michael Gove’s department should take a few style tips from P.G. Wodehouse

11 August 2015 11:20

Michael Gove has suggested that civil servants take inspiration from George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh, Jane Austen and George Eliot,…

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Ignore the ‘good grammar’ crowd and your prose will be better for it

25 June 2015 11:48

‘Few things,’ says Toby Young, ‘are more likely to provoke the disapproval of the bien-pensant left than criticising someone’s grammar.’…

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is greeted by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at Schloss Elmau for the summit of the G7 group of nations on June 7, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Podcast: Angela Merkel’s burden, Ukip’s American flirtation and Gove’s grammar rules

25 June 2015 9:32

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red. Germany has just as much to worry about from…


Labour’s response to #ToriesForCorbyn shows they really have lost the plot

24 June 2015 15:39

There’s a lot to admire about Jeremy Corbyn. For one, you can’t fault his conviction. While his entire party falls…

Michael Gove Is Sworn In As Lord Chancellor

Michael Gove defends his grammar rules

23 June 2015 18:12

Lord Chancellor Michael Gove was criticised over the weekend for issuing a set of grammar rules for civil servants. The list,…


Michael Gove vs. the ‘creaking’ legal establishment — round one

23 June 2015 9:06

Members of the legal profession who were hoping Michael Gove’s time would be consumed trying to solve the Human Rights Act…


Jacob Rees-Mogg asks Gove for a Magna Carta

11 June 2015 17:51

Jacob Rees-Mogg told the House on Thursday that his favourite activity is making speeches on Europe and ‘if the House…


Doggy Dispatch: Marriage problems afoot between Osborne and Gove

4 June 2015 13:10

Could there be trouble in doggy paradise? Sarah Vine has previously revealed that their family dog Snowy (a Bichon ‘ish’…

Nicky Morgan, who will continue as Secretary of State for Education, arrives at Downing Street on May 11, 2015 in London, England.

Nicky Morgan faces her first big blob battle with new academies bill

3 June 2015 8:34

The march of academies takes a step forward today. The government will publish the  Education and Adoption Bill, which will…

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the media following talks at the Chancellery on May 29, 2015 in Berlin

Cameron the cautious PM clashes with May and Gove over human rights

1 June 2015 7:21

David Cameron is by instinct not a radical leader. We have another example of his preference to keep the boat steady in today’s Telegraph, which…

Parliament Votes On Air Strikes Against The Islamic State In Iraq

George Galloway could be London’s Nicola Sturgeon

28 May 2015 21:36

When you tell people you work in or around politics, and if you can break through the initial contempt or…

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The Stalinist logic behind the SNP’s approach to education

28 May 2015 10:45

Early in the campaign for Scottish independence the SNP commissioned a party political broadcast called Two Futures. It told the…