I Hope Michael Gove Isn’t Our Next Prime Minister

The Conservatives are having a leadership contest to replace Theresa May. One of the candidates is someone called Michael Gove:

Tory leadership hopeful Michael Gove has said he was lucky to have avoided going to prison for cocaine use but denied allegations of hypocrisy for criticising “middle-class professionals” who took drugs and wanted them to be legalised.

The British environment secretary said “drugs wreck lives” and his cocaine use was a “mistake which I profoundly regret”.

The British cabinet minister has admitted taking the drug on several occasions about 20 years ago when he was a journalist.

Asked if he should have gone to prison, Mr Gove told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “I was fortunate in that I didn’t, but I do think it was a profound mistake and I have seen the damage drugs do.”

In my experience, there did seem to be a lot of cocaine used by middle-class professionals that I once knew. I used to regularly get offered lines of it, which I regularly refused, for the simple reason that it had no effect on me whatsoever. And I could never understand why anyone used it, or what effect it was having on them.

I suppose that this is the same attitude of many antismokers to smoking: why are the smokers doing it?

To be quite honest, I really couldn’t give a monkey’s whether Michael Gove used to snort coke in industrial quantities or not. Or for that matter whether he used to smoke pot. Or smoke cigarettes. Or drink beer. Or wear chinos or cufflinks or patent leather shoes. I don’t judge people by such things.

But I find it quite disturbing that he now feels it necessary to now declare that his coke habit was a “profound mistake.” Why couldn’t he just say, “Well, that’s what we used to do back then, and lots of people did it, and still do”? He comes across to me just like one of those ex-smokers who has become an virulent antismoker. He sounds like someone who will go whichever way the wind is blowing. And so in our prohibitionist era, he has become a prohibitionist.

And he also seems to have become a global warming alarmist as well, according to James Delingpole:

Gove’s speech rehearses the usual litany of man-made climate doom stories. He claims that sea level rise is accelerating, ice sheets are melting, flora and fauna are migrating to escape inhospitable climate, low lying atolls are in danger of inundation, combating climate change won’t affect prosperity, climate catastrophes are increasing, the Sahara is growing, hurricanes are worsening, weather is getting more extreme…

Ice sheets are always melting. Just yesterday I was demonstrating them doing so. They’re also always having new snow added on top.

Also, in the last leadership contest, which Theresa May won, Michael Gove seems to have started out as Boris Johnson’s campaign manager, before throwing his own hat in the ring, forcing Johnson to withdraw. So he seems to be a back-stabber as well.

All in all I think I can declare that one person I don’t want to see winning this leadership contest is Michael Gove.

Or is the Conservative leadership election going to descend into forcing everyone involved to confess their past drug habits?

Boris Johnson must give ‘clear answers’ about his drug use, Tory rival says

I couldn’t give a damn about Boris’ drug use either. Or the drug habits of any of the rest of them.

What I want to know about anyone is whether they keep their promises, pay their debts, and all that sort of thing. I want to know about their character, not their habits.

But perhaps that’s the difference between me and antismoking killjoys. They judge people by their habits and customs, and probably also by their clothes and hairstyles and shoes. They’re primarily concerned with appearances, and with keeping up appearances. Character is unimportant. Appearances are everything. And cleanliness is next to godliness.

P.S. It also seems that Gove might not implement Brexit:

Mr Farage pointed out that some candidates including Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, and Esther McVey were vowing to deliver Brexit on time, while others including Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, and Rory Stewart questioned whether it was viable at all.

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10 Responses to I Hope Michael Gove Isn’t Our Next Prime Minister

  1. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    Most perspicacious and discerning analysis. The prevailing puritanical orthodoxy is to judge based on irrelevant characteristics such as habits, not integrity, consistency, justice, and other virtuous qualities indicating capacity to act in the public interest, not just the self appointed powerful vested public “health” interest of prohibitionist meddlers.
    Gove sounds like a bonsai palm, lacking a core set of beliefs, although perhaps he knows politics is like smoking reefers: the harder you suck, the higher you get. 😬

  2. beobrigitte says:

    Personally, I don’t care if this Gove fellow or Boris Johnson used cocaine in the past. That’s not my business.
    In my experience, there did seem to be a lot of cocaine used by middle-class professionals that I once knew. I used to regularly get offered lines of it, which I regularly refused, for the simple reason that it had no effect on me whatsoever.
    I was surprised to discover years ago how many middle-class professionals used cocaine (some of them still do?) and, I too, always declined the offer of “a line” (and any other powders or tablets). I used to smoke the occasional “Happy Hippie” and that was enough for me.

    What I want to know about anyone is whether they keep their promises, pay their debts, and all that sort of thing. I want to know about their character, not their habits.
    I agree.

    Also, in the last leadership contest, which Theresa May won, Michael Gove seems to have started out as Boris Johnson’s campaign manager, before throwing his own hat in the ring, forcing Johnson to withdraw. So he seems to be a back-stabber as well.
    Brown-nosing and backstabbing have sadly become a virtue of the spineless.

    I would not vote for the party of which this Gove fellow is a leader.

  3. wobbler2012 says:

    “I Hope Michael Gove Isn’t Our Next Prime Minister” is along the same lines as “I hope I don’t get run over today.” The man is an utter moron.

  4. Barry Homan says:

    I don’t care for his looks.

  5. Philip Neal says:

    Gove has never been a copper-bottomed Tory: there has always been something of a metropolitan liberal and something of a neoconservative to him. In 2003, when Tony Blair was hoodwinking his party and country into the Iraq war, Gove wrote:

    Blair’s outbreak of courage deserves the respect of natural Conservatives. You could call it the Elizabeth Bennett moment. It’s what Isolde felt when she fell into Tristan’s arms… By God, it’s still hard to write this, but I’m afraid I’ve got to be honest. Tony Blair is proving an outstanding Prime Minister at the moment.

    As for Boris, when you consider the circles he moved in at university and as a journalist, it defies belief that he has never taken cocaine. Who cares?

  6. Doonhamer says:

    His looks?
    Yes, he looks like a ventriloquist’s dummy.
    One from a mid 20th century horror movie.

  7. Rose says:

    Initially I thought Gove might be a good PM, but now I have seen more of him I have changed my mind, he shifts like a weathercock and in interviews keeps doing that big eyed, trust me, thing that devious politicians use when they are trying to lead you down the garden path.

    I would rather trust Boris’ jovial bluster than Gove’s wide eyed sincerety.

  8. Joe L. says:

    OT: Some scientists believe they have discovered what causes hardening of the arteries–the root cause of heart attacks and strokes. How is it related to smoking? It isn’t … at all:

    Cause of hardening of the arteries—and potential treatment—identified

    A team of UK scientists have identified the mechanism behind hardening of the arteries, and shown in animal studies that a generic medication normally used to treat acne could be an effective treatment for the condition.

    The team, led by the University of Cambridge and King’s College London, found that a molecule once thought only to exist inside cells for the purpose of repairing DNA is also responsible for hardening of the arteries, which is associated with dementia, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

    There is no current treatment for hardening of the arteries, which is caused by build-up of bone-like calcium deposits, stiffening the arteries and restricting blood flow to organs and tissues.

    Supported by funding from the British Heart Foundation, the researchers found that poly(ADP ribose), or PAR, a molecule normally associated with DNA repair, also drives the bone-like calcification of arteries.

    Additionally, using rats with chronic kidney disease, the researchers found that minocycline—a widely-prescribed antibiotic often used to treat acne—could treat hardening of the arteries by preventing the build-up of calcium in the circulatory system. The study, the result of more than a decade of fundamental research, is published in the journal Cell Reports.

    “Artery hardening happens to everyone as they age, and is accelerated in patients on dialysis, where even children develop calcified arteries. But up until now we haven’t known what controls this process and therefore how to treat it,” said Professor Melinda Duer from Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry, who co-led the research as part of a long-term collaboration with Professor Cathy Shanahan from King’s College London.

  9. smokingscot says:

    Gove is a highly ambitious, vertically challenged opportunist, who bends with the prevailing breeze. While he did not vote for the smoking ban, he did with the kids in cars. It’s under him we’ve had these plastic initiatives and as PM he’d sign us up to everything that sounds half believable. Plus maintain the 0.7% giveaway to “developing” nations. And he’s mad keen on a deal with the EU, though he knows he ain’t going to get anything fundamentally different to what’s on the table.

    Hunt doesn’t get any better, anyone who’s been in the “health” racket will go with the ASH wishlist. And that’s insatiable.

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