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Thursday 10 March 2016

Michael Gove Royal Leak Rumbled

Back in 2012, on the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Michael “Oiky” Gove showed his loyalty to the crown in a letter to Jeremy Hunt (then the Culture Secretary), patriotically announcingMy suggestion would be a gift from the nation to her majesty; thinking about David Willetts's excellent suggestion of a royal yacht, and something tangible to commemorate this momentous occasion”.
If it oiks like a Gove, it probably IS a Gove

Gove’s idea was roundly mocked and then quietly shelved, but he had made his point: his loyalty to the crown was unquestioned. However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, it was not his only loyalty. Gove is a long-time taker of the Murdoch shilling, and was the only cabinet office holder to be invited to Don Rupioni’s nuptials last Saturday. He is also a frequent and calculating leaker of information.

So after the Sun claimed yesterday that “QUEEN BACKS BREXIT”, I observedIt is believed that the occasion when Her Maj and Nick Clegg had their discussion was a lunch at Windsor Castle on April 7, 2011. Also present was Michael ‘Oiky’ Gove, faithful Murdoch servant, anti-EU campaigner, and experienced leaker of information. As to who might have leaked to the Sun, well, I’ll just leave that one right there”.

Indeed, this morning the Telegraph - good to see the folks at Victoria trying to keep up - has named Gove as prime suspect for the leak. I’ll go further: Gove isn’t just the prime suspect, he is undoubtedly the source of the Sun story, and in leaking the Queen’s confidence has shown to whom he is most loyal - Rupert Murdoch, who is using the controversy to brag to his new Sheila and show he is still strong.

And I’ll go yet further: at first, this was seen as an act of desperation by the Out campaign. It may not have been, and for this news we have the Sun’s deeply unpleasant editor Tony Gallagher to thank. He told the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme “We knew much more than we published, and that remains the case. There is not just one occasion when these views were aired. There was a second occasion when she expressed similarly scathing views about the EU at Buckingham Palace”. Shall we decode that?

We certainly shall: Gallagher is letting slip that he has more ammunition to fire at the monarchy, the Remain campaign, David Cameron, and anyone else who fails to give tribute at the court of Don Rupioni. The story splashed yesterday, on its own, should have been held back for the last week of the campaign. But it is not a story on its own.

Michael Gove may look like a figure of fun - indeed, he is a figure of fun - but he is also an experienced journalist whose access to the Queen via the Privy Council has clearly been used to generate lots of stories which he can wheel out later. If Her Maj thinks that yesterday’s episode was the only breach of her confidence, she will in the coming months discover otherwise. Her trusted minister will have it all written down for later use.

Gove was the leaker. His ultimate loyalty lies to a foreign billionaire. End of story.


Anonymous said...

Gove has no loyalties except to himself. A typical tory.

You need only look at their front bench, at the row of faces dead to normal feelings and responsibilities. Horrible, horrible people to a man and woman, sociopaths all.

This "leak" and its subsequent implied blackmail is no more or less than the usual behaviour by the usual lowlives. There will be more of it.

Hopefully they'll all grass themselves into oblivion.

What a truly disgusting gang of tuppence-ha'penny corner shop venomous gossips.

Shawlrat said...

There goes the peerage.........

Anonymous said...

Hold on.

There may be another side if it was the source of a leak.

Can we readily believe that Gove just handed over the information or perhaps Murdoch or his 'doers' had something on Gove to make him spill?
I'm concerned that many interact with Murdoch through fear, rather than friendship.

This is why the bastard needs the boot.