The past week has proved to be a busy time for the Gove household. After Sarah Vine declared in her Daily Mail column that she -- along with her husband -- had been handed the responsibility of leading the country on behalf of the Brexit voters, she was left red-faced when an email she wrote expressing doubts about Gove supporting Boris Johnson's leadership bid was made public.
In this, she suggested that her Mail boss Paul Dacre -- along with News UK's Rupert Murdoch -- would find it difficult to get behind a Boris Johnson leadership bid if Gove was not involved. Alas when the Justice Secretary turned on BoJo and announced that he would run for leader himself, the media endorsements failed to follow. The next day the Daily Mail came out for Theresa May, describing her as the only candidate who could unite the country.
Now readers hoping to hear an update on how Vine is finding things a week on are to be left disappointed. Her weekly Wednesday column does not appear in today's paper. What's more, word reaches Steerpike that it is likely to be absent for the next few weeks.
However, as rumours begin to swirl online that the absent column could mean Michael Gove's wife has left the paper, both Vine and the Mail assure Steerpike that it will return in due course. Vine has decided to take a short break from writing it in order to have some downtime as she focuses on her own well-being.