Why Gove had to go

This week, the prime minister, David Cameron, announced a major cabinet reshuffle, promoting several female ministers to frontline positions, and replacing some high-profile names, most notably Michael Gove, the former education secretary. The move represents the start of next year’s election campaign, as Rafael Behr notes in The Guardian.

For the Conservatives, “the task in hand is to cross the electoral finish line and, as one senior adviser puts it, ‘crush Ed Miliband, and destroy Labour as a force for government’”. Ultimately, electoral calculus explains why there are more women in the cabinet, and why Gove was moved from the [...]

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