Michael Gove

‘I just kept getting turned down and turned down’: Catherine Foster

From the NHS to Bayreuth: Norman Lebrecht talks to midwife-turned-opera singer Catherine Foster

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Bayreuth is mad for midwife-turned-opera singer Catherine Foster, so why can’t she get a foot in the door at Covent Garden, asks Norman Lebrecht

Boris's big mistake? Agreeing to the BBC debate

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Boris and his team made a mistake by agreeing to take part in Tuesday’s BBC leadership debate. In such decisions,…

Portrait of the week: Gove confesses, Brexit party falters and the BBC makes pensioners pay

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Home Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, a candidate for the Conservative leadership, admitted he had used cocaine several times 20…

It would be weird if Gove hadn’t taken drugs

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Cocaine is an abominable drug, by far the most hateful of all the various uppers and downers and psychoactives because…

Full-blooded Brexiteers vs cabinet compromisers

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The question is not whether they can win the next election, but whether they can survive

No luxury has ever disappointed me as much as my wood-burning stove

26 January 2019 9:00 am

When I first heard rumours that Michael Gove was planning to go round the country with his environmental Gestapo, ripping…

Leavers have just killed the best chance of Brexit ever happening

19 January 2019 9:00 am

When intelligent, informed and rational people make a choice that onlookers can see confounds their own declared interests, we are…

When May's deal bites, when Brexit stings, I simply remember my favourite things

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It’s that time of year again when I put aside my wonted snark and share with you a few of…

Will no one ever take on the Green Blob?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Gosh it hurts when your little corner of paradise is destroyed by a few idiots’ ignorance and greed. This is…

Who to believe: calculating Kavanaugh or forgetful Ford?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

A weekend news report says Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s childhood has been scrutinised by colleagues ‘for clues to understanding this…

School report: a round-up of recent stories from the front line in education

8 September 2018 9:00 am

A round-up of recent stories from the front line in education

Michael Gove’s stove ban is a direct attack on country life

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Michael Gove wants to punish those who use wood-burning stoves and possibly even open fires. It would be hard to…

Your Twitter history will always haunt you – if you’re on the right

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I once asked Michael Gove, when he had just been appointed Education Secretary, if he would mind awfully appointing me…

Michael Wolff said the US needed a market-charming president: now it has one

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I once commissioned Michael Wolff —currently the world’s most talked-about journalist as the author of the White House exposé Fire…

To fix this failing government make Gove the CEO and keep May as chairman

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Chairman May Sir: Theresa May is the only politician with a mandate to lead, yet doesn’t seem capable of leading…

The left-wing bias on Celebrity Gogglebox was excruciating

11 November 2017 9:00 am

This week I want to put the boot in to Gogglebox (Channel 4, Fridays). Not the mostly likeable, everyday version,…

Peter Hitchens: Why I climbed on my soapbox after refusing to sign a university’s ‘free speech’ contract

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Where better to be than in Liverpool on a crisp autumn evening, haranguing an open-air meeting of students? I hadn’t…

Do one in four girls aged 14 really suffer from depression? Probably not

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

The Adventures of Mrs Toad: The Peugeot 3008 is a family car, but a slick one at that

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The Peugeot 3008 is a family car, but a slick one

Voted Leave? It’s one way to lose friends, says Sarah Vine

9 September 2017 9:00 am

September is my time of year. Summer is all very well if you’re one of those golden-haired, long-limbed types who…

My compromising photo of Jack Whitehall

29 July 2017 9:00 am

As pictures go, it could be career death. An amazing young talent caught in a compromising position with two older…

Rachel Johnson: Gary Lineker, the People’s Snowflake, is the only true opposition now

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The chances of my 20-year-old student son being at an Ariana Grande concert on a Monday night were, my head…

George Osborne: Diary of an editor

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Watching the general election from my newsroom is an out-of-body experience. I’ve been involved in the last five general elections…

The next terror attack in a jail is waiting to happen

8 April 2017 9:00 am

The government asked me to look into extremism in prisons. Is the system brave enough to deal with what I found?

How private schools are risking their charitable status

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Private schools have undermined their charitable status by dashing so shamelessly upmarket