Nicky Morgan ‘faces ridicule’ for picking Henry VIII as her hero (but also says she is no fan of grammars)

The Mail is claiming that Nicky Morgan was “facing ridicule” last night after an interview in which she chose Henry VIII when asked to name her favourite monarch…

‘Well I love the Tudor period. I think Henry VIII,’ she said.

The minister quickly withdrew her choice when aides and her interviewer on the politics website, ConservativeHome, expressed their surprise.

She said: ‘Shall I change that to Elizabeth I? A strong female monarch at a time when there weren’t many examples.’

…Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said Mrs Morgan’s choice showed appalling ignorance of British history. ‘Henry VIII is a figure more akin to Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader,’ he said…

Nicky Morgan said she ‘was not sure that separating people at the age of 11’ would improve social mobility or transform education. She insisted instead that she wanted all the country’s state schools to do well.

Her comments come after senior party figures called for an expansion of grammar schools to be included in next year’s general election manifesto…

Mrs Morgan told the ConservativeHome website it was wrong to think that the only way to get access to good state education was to reintroduce grammar schools: ‘I would push back on that and just say actually we want all of our state schools to be good and outstanding.’…

More at: Will heads roll? Our education chief picks Henry VIII as her hero … and immediately faces ridicule for her bizarre choice

 

You can read the full interview on ConservativeHome at: Interview: Nicky Morgan – “As a Christian Secretary of State for Education, I will oppose secular, politically correct dogma”

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove As with every politician I read about in the media NickyMorgan01 is becoming less and less impressive the more she speaks

  2. andrew_1910

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 And it was a low bar. As an ed minister she’s a great limbo dancer…

  3. andylutwyche

    “h_emoney: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 she’s all talk no action.” Every politician is. All about votes, end of

  4. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 even the *talk* doesn’t seem to say anything! Yesterday’s #edselctte= prime example

  5. andylutwyche

    Nor_edu h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 But isn’t Ed SLT Cmte just there only to give the impression that ed policy is monitored?

  6. andylutwyche

    Nor_edu h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 The committee seems utterly powerless: asks lots of questions but actually achieves little

  7. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 yesterday it achieved revelations about things NM didn’t “have an opinion on” 1/2

  8. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 2/2 and that the only ‘practical’ subjects she could name were food, DT and PE (!)

  9. andylutwyche

    Nor_edu h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Says it all; how can she be allowed to brush off questions by having no opinion? Pointless

  10. andylutwyche

    Nor_edu h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Good of her to highlight her ignorance of what’s taught in the schools she sets policy for

  11. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 exactly – you’d have thought there would be something in the job description about it

  12. andylutwyche

    Nor_edu h_emoney SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Not sure there is a job description – it seems that anyone can do it

  13. h_emoney

    andylutwyche Nor_edu SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Gove was toxic, her brief is to win votes but it’s unlike Tories to support teachers..

  14. andylutwyche

    h_emoney Nor_edu SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 You mean that her party instinct is to be nasty to teachers but isn’t really allowed to?

  15. h_emoney

    andylutwyche Nor_edu SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 anyone can manage that’s what she’s doing but still bad at it. We need leaders.

  16. andylutwyche

    h_emoney Nor_edu SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 If they get back in (a distinct possibility) I think we’d see true colours

  17. h_emoney

    andylutwyche Nor_edu SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 I hope they don’t return. If they do, then we (teachers & pupils) are screwed.

  18. h_emoney

    andylutwyche Nor_edu SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 we will fair better under a labour government, for starters they engage.

  19. andylutwyche

    h_emoney Nor_edu SchoolsImprove NickyMorgan01 Possibly – I personally don’t trust any of them. In it for themselves

  20. Janet2

    Silly question.  Who cares who Nicky Morgan’s favourite monarch is?  There are more important things to ask Ed Secs.  But good to hear she’s resisting the ‘Bring Back Grammar Schools’ (aka Bring Back Sec Mods for the 75%) lobby.

  21. Janet2

    Just read the whole interview.  Morgan, interviewer and possibly her two ‘aides’ (aka minders)  clueless on what secularism is – the separation of government from domination by a religion.   Calls those who think secularism is the only system in which people of all faiths and none can live free from discrimination or domination by one single religion as ‘angry secularists’.

    She thinks Gove was a great reforming SoS.  Well she would, wouldn’t she? She’s just playing good cop to Gove’s bad cop.

    And does anyone outside ConHome say ‘Golly’ any more?

  22. Locallearning2

    SchoolsImprove Henry VIII-interesting in terms of marital relationships-not v in keeping with tory family values.Liz better choice

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