MICHAEL Gove is seeking power through a number of “pliant proxies” in a Machiavellian battle with Tory enforcer Dougie ‘Dr-No’ Smith, Politicalite can exclusively reveal.
The claims surround several allegations that Nadine Dorries asserted in her book, “The Plot” that Kemi Badenoch was being trained to be Michael Gove’s candidate for the next Tory leader. The late Robin Cook, when asked if he saw himself as a future Labour Prime Minister, replied, “They don’t tend to elect wizened ginger dwarves.” It is believed that Gove also thinks himself unelectable, and could only become Prime Minister during a government in power, rather than leading one to victory at General Election. This would explain why Gove would seek power through pliant proxies, rather than seek the top spot in person.
Given Gove’s predeliction for idiot policies this would not be a good idea. On the other hand, those who know Kemi tend to thing she does in fact have a mind of her own. So machinations to put her there so she’ll listen to Gove might well be met with a “Well, that’s nice, Michael”.
Those close to Gove have also suggested that it is improbable for him to put himself forward because fixer-in-chief Dougie Smith would be unlikely to allow it. In her book, Dorries states that it is Dougie who controls who is allowed to stand as Conservative candidates, and it is he, rather than the party itself, who chooses the leader. Although he has no official position within the government and is not on its payroll as a Special Advisor, he has a position with Conservative Campaign Headquarters, where he is listed as an Advisor to the Leader’s Office with reportedly a huge salary.
I’ve never heard of this lad. Anyone else?
Some insiders suggest that the briefing has come from friends of Kemi, anxious to distance her from the talk of her as ‘Gove’s candidate for leader,’ and from the now toxic association with Dougie Smith. Others have suggested the opposite, that the briefing comes from the Gove camp to counter the story that Kemi is his puppet, the leader in waiting he can control. The story of a rift between them makes her seem independent, and therefore boosts her chances of success.
What really worries about politics is that this is – no, really, this is – how things are decided. Should we do something about the boats might be the policy question, but the answer will be who gets to put their feet under the special chair at the Cabinet table.
We’re ruled by cats in sacks that is – and have been for a long time. It’s unlikely to get any better either. Given that no one with any actual beliefs does get anywhere inside the system. Which is just what happens when it’s Cameronian – being in power is the aim, not the goal to be achieved by having power.