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I agree with Ed!

I had to comment on this article, ‘The Conservative conference: 10 things we learned about Michael Gove today – http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2010/oct/05/conservative-party-conference-michael-gove?showallcomments=true#end-of-comments
I think it is time to ask the question: ‘what qualifications does Mr Gove bring to the role of Education Minister?’ Wasn’t he a journalist for a Murdoch paper? He talks a lot about his actions being evidence based, but frankly I don’t see it. He avoids giving answers to key questions, for example the issue of whether businesses will be permitted to make a profit from their involvement in Education. Any minister that truly wished to improve Education would not begin by spending more money on children in already successful schools and taking money away from those children in the least successful schools.

Ed Balls said in a recent speech that he doesn’t think that Michael Gove has a clue about Education, and the more I see and hear from the Education Minister the more I have to concede, ‘I agree with Ed!’

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A very fair point but to be frank, none of them over the past few years have really had a grass roots udnerstanding about education. My impression has always been that the theorist that shouts the loudest or has the closest connections to the party is the one that gets listened to. Perhaps those of us at the bottom of the food chain are just not cool enough or sexy enough or (whisper it) male enough to be listneed to?

Comment by citizenr

You are right of course. One would think that THE Education Minister of state would have at least some educational experience/qualifications. I think we should be able to expect that all our government ministers should be qppropriately qualified for the job, but so much of it is about Spin. The people who progress in Politics have historically been the ones who had the ‘right’ contacts and were able to cultivate a nice shiny image projecting the personality that was ‘cool enough or sexy enough or (whisper it) male enough to be listened to?’ (quote citizenr). Not a good basis on which to pick leaders but I fear we as a nation fall for it every time.

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