JAYNE Dowle reveals that she and Michael Gove were contemporaries at college and at The Times (The Yorkshire Post, July 17).
The character portrait she paints is of a man whose superficial charm was devised to serve his vaunting ambition, and delusions of grandeur.
There was more than a hint of schadenfreude, however, about Ms Dowle’s self-satisfied rhetoric, and delight at Mr Gove’s demise as Secretary of State for Education.
I do not know Michael Gove. I can judge him only by what he said, did and sought to do. My conclusion is that he was very brave to challenge all those doctrinaire, left-wing educationalists who predominate over the Department for Education, the education authorities and unions like the National Union of Teachers. (NUT is a most telling acronym).
Mr Gove’s attempts at reform were compromised, of course, by serving in a coalition government: the Liberal Democrats are even more doctrinal than the Labour Party.
He was ultimately betrayed by a PC Prime Minister, who seems to be more concerned with public relations and presentation than with policy.