As for Mr. Gove, he has been shifted to Chief Whip; in charge of keeping Conservative Ministers in line. The Prime Minister has said that Gove would also have “an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews” as the 2015 general election draws near. Cameron’s spokesman said on Tuesday morning: “You should expect to see a great deal of Michael Gove on your TV and radio channels” as he will now also become Minister for TV– and will tour the television studios in the run up to the next election promoting the Government.
“I am pleased that he is doing that job. He will do it brilliantly” The Prime Minister continued. He feels that he can now lead “a fresh team with the idea, the energy and the ability to take this country forward”. Yet Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has refused to speak to Michael Gove “for months”, according to a source close to the Deputy Prime Minister, revealing the extent of the breakdown at the heart of the coalition. Mr Clegg was involved in a number of vicious stand-offs with Mr Gove over his unpopular, reformist agenda as Education Secretary.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) stated that Gove has “clearly lost the support of the (teaching) profession” and a poll conducted by YouGov in May found out that he was the most hated Politician in Britain. Moreover, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers & Lecturers MaryBousted added: “David Cameron has belatedly realised that Michael Gove’s ideological drive is no substitute for measured, pragmatic reform of the education system. Time after time he has chased newspaper headlines rather than engage with teachers” she said.
Another Petition from Change.org, which has 250 signatures, was set up to sack Gove from his post and has since been closed following his demotion. The petition was set up as parents, students, teachers and many members of the public besides felt that, “Gove’s changes as Secretary State for Education are ruining our education system, demoralising Teachers and putting the future of our children at risk.”
Nicky Morgan is one of just two mothers in the new cabinet, and thus so far in her career in parliament, which began in 2010, she has stood up for her opinions and beliefs. She famously said that Tories need to “hate less” and instead, have a more constructive message that being “against this, anti-that…”. Morgan is also one of 14 Oxbridge graduates from 23 cabinet members.
Following her new appointment, Ms. Morgan said, “I am delighted to become Education Secretary and continue as Minister for Women and Equalities. I know that education can be the single greatest transformer of lives. It is also a crucial part of this government’s long-term plan.”
It’s clear to see how controversial Gove’s policies were, and it’s fair to say it’s a little too late in the day for Ms. Morgan to change the national curriculum ready for September. But the fact is, many teachers, parents and students alike are only too happy to see the back of Mr. Gove.