Has Michael Gove just come out for a general election pact with the Liberal Democrats?

John Rentoul

cow3 300x225 Has Michael Gove just come out for a general election pact with the Liberal Democrats?Number 490 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Paul Goodman, the excellent former Tory MP at Conservative Home. Speaking of the voters of Hull, Michael Gove said:

If they’re wise enough to vote Liberal Democrat at the next local elections in Hull, or for the Conservatives in any seat where we are well-placed to defeat Labour, then they will have a council that is fulfilling its statutory duty.

Well, I agree that view could possibly be described as a pact if adopted officially by the Tory party and reciprocated by the Lib Dems – although it would be an odd one: the parties would be fielding candidates but urging voters to support rival candidates in places. Otherwise it is simply Gove doing what he does best: causing mischief.

Number 489 was asked by the first leading article in The Times (pay wall) yesterday:

Is British Petroleum turning into Bolshoi Petroleum?

Meanwhile, I record my thanks and best wishes to Will Cookson, who, inspired by the example of some internet fruitcake, has just started his own series of “Theological Questions to Which the Answer is No”, starting with this, from Time:

Does the Death of 200 Cows in Wisconsin Confirm Biblical Prophecy?

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  • LancashireLad

    Does the coalition government want an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly?

  • petersimplex

    Question no 13907 to which the answer may not be NO, and the most important in this series: Will Tony Blair continue to peddle the myth that David Kelly committed suicide? He could be the first to come out and say it is all a load of hokum. Then everybody else could breathe a sigh of relief and tell the truth themselves. The security services aren’t going to lock him in a sports bag in the bath of his house in Connaught Square. They can’t kill everyone involved in the cover up. So, come on, Tony. You did good work in Northern Ireland. Clear your conscience over David Kelly.

  • Will Cookson


    Thank you for the best wishes. I noticed that it was a corner of your “market” of questions that you felt less happy with – John the Baptist et al. Hope I can do you proud!

  • Ciaran Rehill

    Wrong. Deuteronomy has “Then a great score of cattle did pass on in Madison yea even unto the valley of Milwaukee. An great Dachshund appeared clothed in red gold. The trumpets blew and Tonee of the tribe of Chilcott was afflicted with an mighty pox” (cont p.666).

  • Charles Barry

    Yes, and I’ll believe you when you come up with a shred of evidence to justify your otherwise fictional writings.

  • petersimplex

    I think we need to see a bit more of that evidence which is locked away for 70 years, Chas. Perhaps you can assist in this matter?

  • Charles Barry

    That’s not evidence to support your case. That’s b*llshit.

    And how do you know what’s in that locked away evidence? Telepathy?

  • petersimplex

    Ah, Clever old Lord Hutton – lock away an empty box for 70 years. A bit like the Panacea Society to which someone has already alluded. What particuar aspect of the Hutton Inquiry are you especially satisified with ? Are you a scientist, perhaps? A pathologist? A psychologist? A doctor? Or perhaps just another lawyer who sometimes can prove in court that black is white?

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