Wednesday, March 15, 2006
They pogo in the bedroom
Mighty peculiar article by Michael Gove in The Times, in which he identifies himself as an instinctive punk. Those who remember his appearances on Channel 4's bizarre early-90s comedy/comment hybrid A Stab In The Dark, where his buttoned-up pinstripes contrasted with David Baddiel's shambolic ennui and Tracey Macleod's dominatrix sarcasm, might beg to differ. Gove also outs fellow Times hack and Tory Matthew Parris as a McLarenista; this doesn't quite ring true, as Parris was allegedly removed as presenter of LWT's Weekend World because he was "too nice". On the other hand, he did once send me a letter claiming that in his first year at Cambridge he'd joined the Labour, Liberal and Conservative clubs. Which is either a definitive case of trying to suck up to the established order, whatever form it might take; or a subtle dig at conventional notions about ideology, an ironic inversion of a plague o' both your houses. I'm not sure which.