Michael Gove is Horatius on the Bridge: Radio 4 Start the Week on history
On December 30th Education Secretary Michael Gove appeared on Radio 4’s Start the Week to discuss history and history teaching. Also present were the programme’s anchor Andrew Marr, and historians Tom Holland, Margaret MacMillan and Simon Schama.
If you like Gove [perhaps have a look elsewhere on the interwebs for material] it might be said that his performance was commanding. Otherwise he was his usual smug self, albeit with the usual attacks on the left and Marxists held in check, perhaps in fear of Schama raising a mildly critical comment.
Gove compared himself to Horatius on the Bridge which for those who didn’t do classical history at school [which includes myself] refers to the Roman soldier Horatius Coclus. Historical accounts usually place Horatius at the bridge rather than on it, but let’s move on.
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