Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this.

HAL, from 2001, A Space Odyssey, of course. Which is in Malcolm’s mind for a reason that may be clarified in another post.

Around noon Malcolm noticed this on PoliticsHome:

Note the third item there. What is somewhat odd is that Nigel Jones’s piece appeared in the Mail … the better part of three weeks ago:

With Cameron limping from one bad week to another, a leadership contest cannot be far away

And so to this very day

By mid-afternoon the twitter-waves were awash with right-wingers nominating Michael Gove, on the basis of his performance at Leveson, as a “leader-in-waiting”. Hence Paul Goodman on ConHome:

If Michael Gove wants to stop the Tory leadership talk…

…He will have to work hard at not being articulate, intelligent, forceful (though faultlessly polite) and able to make a case both built on first principles and founded in personal belief. I am afraid that his evidence to the Leveson Enquiry this afternoon was a reminder that he is simply incapable of meeting these requirements…

The right-wing twitterati are predictably going bonkers over his performance, and his anguished office will be fending off leadership talk as I write – not for the first time.  It will be most unwelcome to the Education Secretary.  At least, I think it will be most unwelcome.  Who knows what secret passions stir within that literate breast?

So, back to HAL9000 and Dave Bowman:

I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over. I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.
Gove, by the way, revealed at Leveson that “the mission” would include “for profit” free schools in the next parliament.
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2 responses to “Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this.

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