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Idiot who was in charge of Education now in charge of Justice Watch

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    Joy to the world, the idiot's back.....
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    Bold statement, he was liked a lot. Teachers are left wing, so they didn't like him. He had a good side and he's an intelligent guy.

    Gove will probably be better suited to Justice.

    Whether you like him or not, Gove is an ideological / principled politician, he's not a tactical politician or a bull****ter. He has his values, that are to the right of most people which is why he's controversial, but he's not ashamed of his political principles and not afraid to be criticised for them.

    This can be a strength and it can be a weakness.

    In Education, the problem he had was he had ambitious ideas for reform and wanted to drive them through at rapid pace, but he made himself an enemy of both the teaching profession and the Civil Service. Now he might have thought that both of those needed to learn to listen to see things his way, but if you want to drive through ambitious reform you need to energise people and get them working with you: someone like Steve Jobs at Apple was feared and controversial but he was also an inspiring leader that attracted devoted loyalty from his staff hence he got radical results. Gove basically just dug in the trenches and said I'm right and you're all wrong, and the people he needed to push through his reforms were offside with him. Tories are often quick to say someone who has never worked in the private sector or run their own business has no idea how to tell businesses how to run themselves, but Gove wasn't a teacher, he was a journalist before being a career politician, so he had the credibility gap in terms of being super certain how to tell teachers how they should do their jobs....

    However I think in Justice he will be well suited, he is a conviction politician and when he's putting through controversial reforms like removing the Human Rights Act he is going to be attacked by libertarians and he won't let it bother him.
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