Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charmless Gove's School Report

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charmless Gove's School Report

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A campaign is growing to persuade Dame Tessa Jowell to wear the red rosette at the next London mayoral election. The name of the Olympic ring mistress is being mentioned increasingly, including within Ed Miliband's circles, when the party gazes into the future.

Jowell is a Blairite in Lefty London but she won admirers by loyally championing Ken Livingstone in 2012. She's 65 and is widely expected to vacate Dulwich and West Norwood at the next election. Jowellites hope that Auntie Tessa will run for City Hall instead of retiring to the House of Lords.

Boris Johnson won't go for a third term in 2016. But Tottenham's David Lammy will fancy his chances--and the rail expert Christian Wolmar has left the station and is already seeking endorsements.

Michael Gove's ears must have been burning after a regal tour of a highly rated state secondary, Coombe Girls' School, with the local Old Etonian Zac Goldsmith. The two private-school boys were accorded due deference during the visit to south-west London, until the Educashon Secretary departed and the tone changed dramatically.

Teachers told the girls, my informant recounted, how much they hated the minister who frequently holds their profession in contempt. If he's to succeed David Cameron, the lesson for Mickey is to show a little more charm and give a lot less offence.

Britain's nascent Eurofan fightback against the Europhobes is tussling with how to utilise Denis MacShane, a former MP who many on both sides of the Commons feel was treated roughly when forced to quit Rotherham. …

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