LEAKED EMAIL FROM GOVE’S WIFE SURFACES

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

A leaked email from Michael Gove’s wife, Sarah Vine, has surfaced. Speaking of Brexit and Boris Johnson, she said:

Very important that we focus on the individual obstacles and thoroughly overcome them before moving to the next. I really think Michael needs to have a Henry or a Beth with him for this morning’s crucial meetings.

One simple message: You MUST have SPECIFIC assurances from Boris OTHERWISE you cannot guarantee your support. The details can be worked out later on, but without that you have no leverage.

Crucially, the membership will not have the necessary reassurance to back Boris, neither will Dacre/Murdoch, who instinctively dislike Boris but trust your ability enough to support a Boris Gove ticket.

Do not concede any ground. Be your stubborn best.

GOOD LUCK.

Let’s deconstruct it.

“Very important that we focus on the individual obstacles and thoroughly overcome them before moving to the next. I really think Michael needs to have a Henry or a Beth with him for this morning’s crucial meetings.”

Henry and Beth are the names of Gove’s Special Advisors – Henry Newman and Beth Armstrong – officials who advise Gove on topics like current developments, policy, or media relations – and Vine’s words here are quite clear: Gove needs to take it as it comes. Getting ahead of himself will make him fall flat on his face.

“One simple message: You MUST have SPECIFIC assurances from Boris OTHERWISE you cannot guarantee your support. The details can be worked out later on, but without that you have no leverage.”

In short? Boris Johnson is slippery and without cast-iron guarantees on specific issues, he would squirm his way out. The details aren’t essential, but the guarantee itself is. It is now clear that red lines do exist, but we don’t know what they are.

Crucially, the membership will not have the necessary reassurance to back Boris, neither will Dacre/Murdoch, who instinctively dislike Boris but trust your ability enough to support a Boris Gove ticket.

People dislike Boris. Dacre refers to Richard Dacre, the Editor of The Daily Mail, and Murdoch to Rupert Murdoch, owner of NewsCorp UK, which owns The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Sun. Papers which are distrustful of Johnson – all it takes is a look at yesterday’s front pages – The Guardian, The I etc were speaking of BoJo. The above were speaking of Brexit more generally, with The Times speaking of Theresa May as a potential Tory Leader.

Do not concede any ground. Be your stubborn best.

Vine is quite right here – if he concedes, Johnson will walk all over him.

GOOD LUCK.

He needs it.

It’s clear that Vine thinks this posturing from Gove will catapult him to the Treasury under PM Boris, but only if he plays his cards right. But now Gove and Johnson know that someone with access to their emails is not their friend. What will come of this? Who knows, but it won’t be pretty.

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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