It was ‘totally necessary’ for the ‘tight-knit team’ around former schools minister Michael Gove to use ‘fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency’ to push through Gove’s agenda, writes Mark Lehain, founder of Bedford Free School and now director of the Parents and Teachers for Excellence.
The total necessity of ruling by fear is the excuse given by dictators, now and in the past, to justify the killing and imprisonment of dissidents, heretics and opponents.
It’s chilling, then, to read an article in Britian today justifying enforcing policies by fear, surprise and ruthless efficiency.
My parents, my grandfather and millions of others like them fought in two world wars – to ensure Britain would never be ruled by fear.
Yet now at the end of 2017, in the period supposedly the time of peace and goodwill, we have the director of a pressure group saying it was totally necessary to use a kind of blitzkrieg to push through the will of the ‘Pope’, Lehain’s nickname for Gove.
In 2011, Gove was asked if he was a Stalinist. If we didn’t already know the answer, we do now.