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Why Gove, more than anyone, should be grovelling


THE brass neck on that lad, Michael Gove MP. You remember Michael Gove MP, right? He is the Right Honourable Member of Parliament for Longer, Harder and Tougher Lockdowns. He was Lockdown Hawk-in-Chief. Well, he has had the cheek to apologise to the readers of the Sun for Liz Truss being elected leader of the Conservative Party over the summer. 

In an op-ed piece, Gove said: ‘We Conservatives owe readers of the Sun and Sun on Sunday an apology. We made the wrong choice this ­summer about the path we should take.’ 

That takes some nerve, that does, especially as it turns out that the Bank of England had much to do with the ousting of Truss. As Narayana Kocherlakota explains in Bloomberg, ‘the way the Truss government collapsed should concern all who support democracy. The prime minister was seeking to fulfil her campaign promises. She was thwarted not by markets, but by a hole in financial regulation — a hole that the Bank of England proved strangely unwilling to plug.’ 

Where was I? Oh yes, Michael Gove grovelling to us about the disaster of Truss. Michael again: ‘Plans to cut taxes targeted on the richest were a holiday from reality. A mini-Budget that didn’t explain how spending plans would be paid for was an error. To put it mildly. So, I understand why people are angry. We must earn your trust again. That means being straight about the problems we face.’ 

Sorry, I shouldn’t really call him Michael; maybe Backstabber would be more appropriate. Or destroyer of national economies. Because it was the lockdown that has caused much of the economic Armageddon we now face. Not all of it, but much of it. That and the complete inability of any European leader to want to end the war in Ukraine. 

It was Gove and his lockdown hawkery that caused the ‘profound economic challenges’ we now face. He was the one that pushed shutting down the economy repeatedly for months on end. He was the one who pushed inflation-causing schemes such as the furlough scheme. He supported all the money printing; all the funny money being pumped into the economy that has caused prices to rocket. 

No one can say he wasn’t warned about the dark road he was taking the country down or he was plunging the country into, or about his active destruction of the UK’s economic prospects. He was

I don’t remember Gove telling any of the voters who were only too willing to be paid to sunbathe and watch Netflix in the first lockdown that it would all have to be paid for. I don’t remember him saying that this would plunge Britain into never-before-seen levels of death. Michael Gove should apologise for his lockdown-hawkery and destruction of our economy and way of life, before he apologises for anything else. 

Gove actually has the effrontery to refer to Sunak as a person of ‘sound money’: ‘No one has argued more passionately and loudly for sound money and support for the vulnerable than Rishi Sunak.’ I do believe this is gaslighting or a form of trolling by describing someone as the exact opposite of what they are. 

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak may be very smart, he may come from a good family, he may even be a sharp dresser and easy on the eye. What he certainly does not have is a record for ‘sound money’. 

The ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme could not be described as ‘sound money’. Paying people to do nothing is not, in general, seen as being sensible with the pennies. Rishi Sunak is a Big Spender of other people’s money and nothing in his record can disabuse us of that view. 

Only time will tell if Sunak really is sound with the money. Despite what Michael Gove and those in the mainstream media would have us believe, we have had absolutely no evidence of it so far. Not a jot. Not a teeny tiny bit. 

In the meantime I await the big apology for the lockdown that caused much of this cost of living crisis. And first in line to grovel should be Michael Gove. 

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