One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.
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Chris McGovern: Chalk and talk and bigger classes would revitalise our schools

Is educational attainment in schools related to ‘per capita’ expenditure on pupils? Most teachers, politicians, parents and commentators, seem to think so. It has become, almost, an axiomatic truth in Britain today and underpins the row over school funding in English schools that has started to hit the headlines. But is it true? The UK […]


Chris McGovern: Churchill damned experts before Gove was even born

Did Michael Gove’s scepticism during the Brexit debate, about slavishly following ‘experts’, make him a Holocaust denier? Does the pro-Israeli President Trump take a similarly soft position on Nazi policies of extermination? A recent article in The Times Higher Education Supplement leads its readers in that direction. It publishes a graphic picture of Gove and Trump alongside […]


Chris McGovern: Fake news was invented in the British classroom (by the Left)

“Daniel William Finkelstein, Baron Finkelstein, OBE (born 30 August 1962) is a British journalist and politician. He is a former executive editor of The Times, remains a weekly political columnist, and is now associate editor. He is a former chairman of Policy Exchange, who was succeeded by David Frum in 2014. He was elevated to the House of Lords in August 2013, sitting as a Conservative.” This, according to Wikipedia, is […]


Chris McGovern: India can teach us a lesson in raising school standards

Another 1.2 billion of the world’s population seem to have got it all wrong when it comes to schooling. I visited a state primary school in rural India a few hours before writing this blog. And, would you believe it, the children were sitting in rows facing a blackboard and the teachers were teaching the […]


Chris McGovern: Post-Brexit Britain needs world-beating grammar and technical schools

Justine Greening has been keeping a low profile since taking over as Education Secretary. Fortunately, her boss at Number 10 has been less shy. She has recognised that there is a job to be done. Unless we wish to become even more reliant on skilled immigrant labour in order to meet the challenges of post-Brexit […]


Chris McGovern: TV’s star teacher makes brainwashing the young his lefty mission

The Times Educational Supplement (TES) on January 7th carried this call to arms: “Teachers need to step up: they can help to fight the Donald Trump and Brexit reactionary revolution…In this post-truth era, it’s up to teachers to ensure that young people are being empowered and encouraged to challenge and question.” The author was Oliver Beach, […]