I continue to – as I have since the day of the appalling event – regale strangers, acquaintances and friends about the asshole Michael Gove [an American adjective, its pertinence soon clear] who as the then Education Secretary banned American authors from being set for GCSE English Literature. This meant the most popular exam text of many years, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, could no longer be set and thus read and studied with both great pleasure and examination success by students.
So today when I again met L out walking the dog, I gave her a copy of Of Mice and Men to read as she had expressed such a keen interest when I recently explained the sad history of its examination demise. I was also able today to explain to L and a friend sitting next to her on a bench, and therefore a new recipient for my wisdom on examination texts, how the current most popular examination text is JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, thoroughly English to fit into the myopic thoroughly English sensibilities of the twat Michael Gove [I am also quite happy to apply thoroughly English adjectives to his characterisation] and how there is a wonderful irony in the way this text exposes and attacks social inequalities in society because of how the rich mistreat the poor, something for which the Tory Gove will in reality approve, though he will excuse this inclination by pretending to empathise with the poor in, for example, condescending observations on why those without sufficient money to cope in 21st century Great Britain ‘understandably’ have poor diets as ‘comfort’ food to assuage their sufferings.
In a much more poignant way I made a similar observation about this time last year, here.