18 May '11

News Andy Burnham: 'Why Michael Gove must try harder'

If I were to sum up Michael Gove after his first year in office, two words spring to mind: incompetent and ideological. It's never a good mix in any politician. He is, of course, a polished performer and a good talker. He has made some positive moves, particularly on discipline and simplifying adoption procedures. But just like the Prime Minister, his friend and great protector, this confident front often masks a serious lack of intellectual grip on policy detail. And, while I don't doubt his passion for education, I believe that his vision is, at heart, an elitist one.

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