Commentary Magazine


Is Michael Gove the British Chris Christie?

Click on this link to watch something absolutely extraordinary. It’s an exchange on a British television show between two politicians—a Labourite named Harriet Harman and a Conservative named Michael Gove, a Scot who worked for many years as an editorial writer and editor at The Times in London. Gove puts on the single most impressive display of one-on-one ideological and moral combat I’ve ever seen, akin to watching Chris Christie go after a reporter. Only Christie speaks in the tones of a world-weary, no-bull kind of guy who’s sick of the nonsense. As the program goes on here, Gove becomes genuinely outraged, and for very good reason.