Nick Clegg hits back at Michael Gove over 'good Nick, bad Nick' attack
Andrew Grice has been Political Editor of The Independent since 1998. He was previously Political Editor of The Sunday Times, where he worked for 10 years, and he has been a Westminster-based journalist since 1982. His column, Inside Politics, appears in The Independent each Saturday.
Friday 07 February 2014
Nick Clegg has hit back at Michael Gove after being accused by the Education Secretary of having a split personality over the Government’s school reforms.
On Thursday, Mr Gove accused the Liberal Democrats of criticising his policies to pander to teachers and other lost voters. He said “Good Nick”, an angel on one of Mr Clegg’s shoulders, supports Mr Gove’s changes, while "Wicked Nick” on his other shoulder, tells him: “Some of your more radical activists dislike it, so pander to them.”
During his LBC 97.3 radio phone-in yesterday, Mr Clegg insisted that both his shoulders "speak in perfect harmony". He said: "I think parents listening to this just couldn't give a damn about what one politician says to another when it comes to the schooling of their kids. What they want is good schools. I just think parents want politicians to get the basics right in education."
The Lib Dem leader declined to say whether Mr Gove had done a good job, saying: "I think we as a government have done some really, really good things."
In his first comments on Mr Gove’s decision to dismiss the Labour peer Sally Morgan as chair of Ofsted, Mr Clegg said her successor must be appointed on merit rather than political allegiance.
“There won’t be any politicisation of Ofsted," he promised. Mr Clegg insisted he was "not worked up" about whether particular individuals stayed in roles such as heading the schools inspectorate.
President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
Syrian teenager Usaid Barho reveals how he escaped from Isis using a suicide vest
Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Operating throughout London and...
£28000 - £32000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Maintenance...
£35000 per annum + Pension+Bupa: The Jenrick Group: We are recruiting for an e...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35K - £45K: SThree: SThree Group have been we...