Very little, I suspect. However, Mrs Gove, or Lady MacVine (in the bedroom, with the dagger)…that is another matter.
You don’t get to be Godmother to the Cameron’s younger daughter unless you are very, very, close friends. You don’t appoint a Godmother on the basis of political niceties, it is too personal a task for that.
You don’t get to be invited to Murdoch’s recent wedding, unless you are very, very, close personal friends. David Cameron wasn’t. Boris Johnson wasn’t. Even Tony Blair wasn’t.
Mrs Gove happily portrayed her husband in her Daily Mail column as a snoring, sexual bore that she avoided having sex with. Her opinion of him as a wimp was scarcely improved when she used her column to tell of how he had ‘crept off to bed’ on the night of the referendum, leaving her entertaining their guests (or avoiding sex yet again) and awoke baffled and bleary eyed the next morning to be castigated by this dominant women with ‘you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off’.
Before that, she had accidentally on purpose managed to copy in a member of the public to her e-mail urging Michael to put some lead in his pencil and ‘stand up to Boris’.
She could not have done more to belittle and denigrate her husband. A belittled and denigrated wimp is the last person we need leading the country at the moment.
Tory politicians have now taken to referring to Michael Gove as ‘the cuckoo in Boris’s nest’. I can only assume that Sarah Vine played a leading part in placing him there. She has already told us that her husband cannot put his glasses on in the morning without her telling him to do so.
Which makes this morning’s Daily Mail all the more intriguing. Have they just realised that their ‘star’ columnist, Sarah Vine, has been Murdoch’s cuckoo in their nest all along?
They describe the events of yesterday as ‘“one of the most unedifying days in modern politics; characterised by vicious animosity, crass hyperbole and risible dishonesty”.
Orchestrated by their own columnist?