Fine rhetoric with no substance

GoveYesterday Michael Gove was interviewed on Sky on his views of the EU. The following in italics is a small excerpt which is being promoted extensively by his colleagues who agree with his points of view. He said of people in the European Union I think its time that we said to people who are incapable of acknowledging that they have ever got anything wrong, I’m sorry, you’ve had your day. Clearly he might be right, these men and women may never admit that they are wrong (even supposing that they are). However Mr Gove has something of a track record of late apologies himself. As recently as 2012 he apologised to his modern foreign language teacher for his behaviour in 1982 as a student. He acknowledged that this had taken some time saying It may be too late to say I’m sorry. Thirty years too late.  So how long is it reasonable to give to these unamed people in the EU for their apologies? I think we should be told.

Mr Gove then went on in last nights interview to say Unelected unaccountable elites, i’m afraid its time to say you’re fired. We’re going to take back control. Of course unelected, unaccountable elites exist in Westminster in much larger number than in the EU. There are 28 unelected Commissioners in the EU and nearly 900 unelected unaccountable Peers in the House of Lords. On March 7th 2007 Michael Gove was absent from Parliament when the Government of the day voted on Lords Reform. Five years later in 2012 he supported a Bill that would introduce an elected element to an otherwise appointed House of Lords. The Bill was defeated. Yet the Government has shown itself unwilling to revisit this issue and there is no indication that Michael Gove or any of his colleagues will support the Private Members Bill introduced by Jenny Jones at the end of last month. His comment regarding the taking back of control might imply that this is control that will be returned to the British People, when in fact it is the Government comprised of around 100 Ministers and other members of the Conservative Party. Most are elected as local MPs, but a reasonable number are unelected Lords, and all are appointed by the Prime Minister, the same person who appoints our Commissioner in the EU and the same person who sits on the Council of Ministers which determines which legislation is passed in the EU.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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