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: Communism…coming to a classroom near you

Being a communist, these days, is not such a bad option. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition, is so much ‘on side’ that the communists will be supporting his Labour Party rather than running their own candidates. I refer, of course, to the Communist Party of Britain as opposed to the Communist […]


Chris McGovern: Memo to Corbyn – larger class sizes would be better for our schools

As the election campaign kicks off Jeremy Corbyn has been waving his red flag in support of the educational establishment, the Blob. He wants the electorate to know that children are being “crammed in classrooms like sardines”. He told an audience of supporters in Swindon that “half a million children are now being taught in […]


Chris McGovern: Game for a laugh? Tune into the nutty NUT

Have you noticed how so much comedy these days is left-leaning with a clear anti-Brexit slant? Many stand-up comedians performing outside London, however, are failing to see the funny side of audience members heading, mid-show, for the exits. They are discovering that labelling a majority of the electorate as ignorant and racist bigots for backing […]


Chris McGovern: Putting VAT on school fees will only benefit the well off

Some good news, at last, for moderately well off, well off and very well off parents who send their children to state schools. If Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party ever gets elected,  they may be in for a cash handout. “Yippee, and three cheers for Jeremy!” might be the cry of some middle class mums and dads […]


Chris McGovern: Marxists should endorse grammars as a blow to the bourgeoisie

“How to Overcome Selection by House Price” is the title of a new “Economic Bulletin” by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). It sets out a compelling case for grammar schools.  Remarkably, given its source, the case should be as persuasive for those on the Left as for those on the Right. It was Margaret […]


Chris McGovern: Greening caves into the ‘Blob’ yet again

Would you believe it? Two ‘Munich 1938’ moments in a week for the Education Secretary, Justine Greening. Not even Neville Chamberlain could match that feat! First of all, we had her climb down on GCSE, with the ‘pass’ rate lowered by a grade. Now, we have her proposal further to appease the educational establishment, the […]