“Assemblage of Sops”
Sentence of the Day is this 129-word put-down from Michael Gove’s letter to his shadow, Stephen Twigg:
I am sure your speech was the result of a well-thought-through reflection on schools policy and all of the above questions were considered, and fully addressed, in preparation for your announcement and so you will be able to reply promptly and put to rest the idea, which more and more people are regrettably succumbing to, that Labour schools policy is a confusing, uncertain and incoherent assemblage of sops to the trades unions and local authorities which reflects poorly on the intellectual rigour and moral courage of the current Labour frontbench in comparison with all previous Oppositions, confirms the risible weakness of the Labour leadership in the face of vested interests, and risks undermining the hard work of all those great teachers who are driving up standards in schools today.
So well written that I didn’t even notice it was a single sentence until Isabel Hardman pointed it out.
Twigg’s reply, though, is, as Hardman says, just as good:
I fear, however, that you will continue to while away the hours sending letters to me, writing forewords to the Bible and dreaming up new names for GCSEs.
Brevity and soul: Twigg’s the winner.
Photograph: Martin Godwin/GuardianTagged in: michael gove, public service reform, schools reform
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