Boris, watch out - Gove could be your rival for leadership

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Boris Johnson will not have it all his own way when the Conservative Party gets round to electing its next leader.

Easing along quietly on the rails is Michael Gove, a man whose brisk, Presbyterian air is beginning to make a difference in the Department of Education.

For 40 years this country’s school system has been in the grip of trendy idealists only too willing to accept the lowest common denominator when it comes to achievement. This has produced the preposterous phenomenon of exam passes apparently improving year upon year, while universities report increasing numbers of students arriving without a basic grasp of English.

Let’s hope Cameron gives Gove the time to sort out this unedifying mess.