David Laws and Paul Marshall enhance Michael Gove s leadership bid

I’m lastly getting round to checking out David Laws Coalition. I’m getting a very strong impression from Laws account of his time as Schools Minister that he found Michael Gove, and in particular his consultant Dominic Cummings, to be pretty exasperating. It was a little unexpected, for that reason, to see Laws compose a column for the Times  essentially recommending that Tory MPs ought to keep in Gove in the leadership race. More information can be seen on http://www.veteransdisabilityinfo.com/.

He heads out of his method to support Gove s account of last week s Boris-related shenanigans, when the majority of us think that he couldn’t just have decided on the spur of the minute not to back the former Mayor.

When the justice secretary stunned Westminster by withdrawing his support from Boris last Thursday, he was reasserting his long-standing view of the former London mayor and not displaying some short-term ruthlessness or determined personal ambition.

I have no doubt that if Mr. Osborne were standing in this election, Michael would be supporting him. Backing Boris instead was a bridge too far even for this rather reluctant candidate.

Laws suggests that Gove’s radicalism might be beneficial:

All Tory leadership candidates now talk about chance and social mobility and 2nd possibilities. Michael in fact believes in all this, as he has shown in federal government.

It’s not all compliments he states that Gove is not a team gamer which he needs to ditch the aggressive Dominic Cummings if he’s going to get to Number 10 but concludes by stating:

Michael has, however, two cards to play. He would be the prospect who actually thought in the most substantial modification which our government now has to deliver (Brexit). He is also the candidate who truly does believe in the radical change essential to burst opportunity in our society.


After the shock of the Brexit vote it is clear why some people long for a constant as she goes technique.

It is not apparent that the present difficulties facing our country need simply more of the same.

Laws is now the Executive Chair of the Education Policy Institute, which was previously Centre Forum. The Organisation has actually now stepped back from politics. It’s funded by hedge fund manager Paul Marshall who co-edited the Orange Book with David Laws.

Marshall also donated a 6-figure amount to Vote Leave and took on a role at the Department of Education during Michael Gove’s period. He is a buddy of Gove s and has supported him, also on the pages of the Times ().

I have to say that this makes me feel extremely queasy. Vote Leave was such a toxic, mendacious campaign that I quite seriously don t think that anyone who fronted it ought to be in any sort of public office. If someone s been at the helm of something that has actually stoked individual’s worries and nurtured prejudices to the level that the little proportion of its voters who are racists are now emboldened and believe that they have 17 million mates, then I truly wasn’t wish to see them play any high profile public function.

Gove says the Farage Breaking Point poster made him tremble. It should. His organization sent out a leaflet with an arrow pointing from Turkey to Scotland, clearly suggesting that 76 million Turkish individuals would be on their way. That was repeated back to me time and time again by individuals who were voting Leave because of it. In Scotland we were insulated from the worst of that sort of marketing (and voted Remain by a substantial margin), however it was a various story south of the border.

I find it troubling to see people with connections to this celebration, past or present, excuse that behavior by improving Michael Gove s leadership bid.