Je l’adore: Gove defends French lesbian poetry

Chris McKeon - News Reporter 19 November 2012

In an unexpected announcement, Education Secretary Michael Gove has described himself as “an enemy of those who would deprecate the study of French lesbian poetry.”

His comments came in response to complaints made by Sir James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, that too many young people still wanted to study Gallo-sapphic verse instead of “important” subjects. Sir James suggested that students should focus on areas which would support industries like nuclear power, aviation and high-speed railways.

Mr Gove described Sir James’ comments as typical of an “anti-intellectual strain in British life.” Despite allocating a great deal of money to promote “practical” subjects like Maths and the Sciences, Mr Gove was keen to stress that the study of poetry was not a frivolous luxury.

These accusations come barely a week after playwright Sir David Hare and Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota attacked Mr Gove for putting Britain’s creative economy in danger. It remains to be seen whether Mr Gove’s new-found support for French lesbian poetry will have any concrete policy implications.

Chris McKeon – News Reporter