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
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.