Gove in tweeting row

Uncharacteristic pose: Michael Gove appears to be listening for once!

Uncharacteristic pose: Michael Gove appears to be listening for once!

It doesn’t do to annoy the media. Today’s Observer (3 February) carries a front page story about insulting tweets emanating from the heart of the DfE. Apparently, some of Gove’s advisers have been using @toryeducation not just to comment on current education policies but also to make rude remarks about opponents. Gove is accused of knowing about it but of not acting to stop the tweets. The Observer has gone on the attack because its political editor has become the subject of one of these nasty tweets.Whilst I would personally prefer to see Gove attacked for his policies (which, to be fair, The Observer has done) I am happy for any kind of pressure to be put on him that might divert his course. It will be interesting to see if this story is picked up by other media outlets, in which case it could be the sort of media storm in which politicians get embroiled from time to time. Which might slow him down a little.

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