Apologies for a slight temporary glitchette on this site earlier this evening. Fortunately, as usual, GoDaddy, this time through their man Pete, were able to sort out the problem promptly, with great skill, politeness and humour. Our Pete showed me how to do a bit of a self-help relief jobbie on my “overhead table” file in future, to prevent the problem recurring.
Apparently, with over 6,300 posts on here since May 2006, I have a file size which is well above average for a WordPress self-hosted user. (And bear in mind that GoDaddy are BIG. They manage over 55 million domain names). In other words, although our Pete didn’t put it this way, I am verbose.
Well, at least I have lived up to my blog title in both the ways it was intended. My burblings here are not only (hopefully, mostly) Liberal in the political sense, they are also liberal in the volumetric sense.
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I’m feeling quite delighted tonight for my brother and other teachers, following the news that Michael Gove has been humiliatingly demoted. He won’t even be a full voting member of cabinet any more, just an attendee on the sidelines. And he takes a £36,000 pay cut. So his pay cut is half as much again (+) as the national average wage!
His public fight with Mrs May and the trouble-making of his ex-aide Mr Cummings must have been the final nails in his coffin.
Paradoxically, given the ire Michael Gove has provoked, I hear from a friend, who has worked with him, that he is apparently the nicest, most politest man you could possibly meet.
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As part of his reshuffle tweetage, at 13:24 today, David Cameron tweeted as follows:
One slight snag. At that stage David Laws was Schools Minister. He’s a Liberal Democrat and David Cameron would have to get Nick Clegg to move Laws, unless Cameron wanted two schools ministers.
At 16:41 the Government’s website was updated with all the reshuffle appointments, with the exception of the Minister of State for Schools which was still listed as David Laws, rather than Nick Gibb who Cameron appointed to that position via Tweet at 13:24:
Note also that there is no Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education and Childcare, a position vacated by Liz Truss who moved to be Secretary of State for the Environment etc.
Then the plot thickens.
By 5pm, the Prime Ministerial Twitter account, with Number Ten no doubt realizing that “too many twits might make a twat”, was changed (and not even PMs can modify tweets. You have to delete the original and then tweet again), so that the original tweet from 13:24 about Nick Gibb’s appointment as Minister for Schools was deleted and replaced by a later tweet simply saying that Nick Gibb “is returning to Government as Minister of State @educationgovuk”. You can see it below. There was nothing about the position of Schools Minister in it. This was combined with other tweets announcing the appointment to the PuS Education role and one about Nic Boles being split between DfE and one other department.
Finally, by 17:37 the government website had been further updated to include Nick Gibb as a Minister of State in the Department for Education. See below. However, unlike the other ministers listed on the website, there is no note of what areas he is responsible for. No doubt they will work that out in the morning. It’s been a long day. Trebles and a crack of Gove’s whip all round!
Let there be national rejoicing! Gove has gone from our schools! No more of him messing around with the curriculum! No more ludicrously dogmatic favouritism towards free schools! No more trying to take the exam system back to the sixties!
Let there be unalloyed joy! In future he will whip Tory MPs and appear on TV to turn people off voting Tory in their millions!
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