6 January 2012

Michael Gove speech sends students to sleep


Yesterday I was thanking Diane Abbott for adding to my collection of interviewees walking out of interviews (HERE).

Today, my thanks go to former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott (@johnprescott) for re-tweeting this gem posted by Political Scrapbook (@PSbook), where some interesting comments have already begun to appear.

For me, it poses at least three questions:
  1. If the first thing to be done when preparing a speech is to analyse the audience (see my books), one has to ask who writes this stuff?
  2. As taxpayers, are we getting value for money from the speechwriters at the Department of Education?
  3. And, as a former president of the Oxford Union and debating adjudicator, shouldn't Gove be able to do rather better than this when it comes to addressing an audience of school children?
More on our esteemed Secretary of State for Education

6 comments:

Hadleigh Roberts said...

Chris Mullin often complained in his diaries of incomprehensible and boring drivel that he was given and expected to read out. Such is the problem with officials and civil servants!

Max Atkinson said...

Yes, but - no, but -yes but Hadleigh - if you're Secretary of State for Education and you're speaking at a school and the audience consists of school children...

Nick Thornsby said...

Surely the problem is that this was a speech written for the education correspondents of the media but delivered to school children?!

Natalie Minnis said...

I think he lost them when he addressed them as "Boys and Girls". They're in their sixth year! Even if his speech had been interesting it would have been difficult to come back from that.

Roger said...

Was also going to quote Chris Mullin.

And Gove is a man who could make any material soporific.

Anonymous said...

Think Gove employs 2 writers - remember the furore last year when the post was advertised. His speechwriters need to understand him more - he could quite easily be helped to come across as a passionate geek rather than a dreary one