Gove vs Glenda

NICE spot by The Independent‘s diarist Andy McSmith last week, watching Hampstead and Kilburn’s chief award-winner at work in the House of C:

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, sought to disarm the veteran MP and former star of the screen Glenda Jackson with flattery as she laid into the Government over the closure of children’s centres the other day. “The Lady is passionate and I do not doubt her commitment,” he said.

“Don’t patronise me!” came the cry from across the Commons floor.

“The Lady has won an Oscar for being successfully patronising to others,” said Gove. “Two Oscars!” came the retort. Get it right, minister.

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