He asked his friend Michael about it. He chose Michael because someone told him that Michael was now in charge of education “he brings a refreshingly uncluttered perspective to it” they had said.
“Oh, those two”, tittered Gove, “they were a famous double act in the old days, like Little and Large.”
“Or Cameron and Clegg” someone muttered. George looked round angrily, but the only person there was PC Collins, who seemed to follow George everywhere, so it couldn’t have been him.
“Yes,” continued Michael, (showing off a bit too much for George’s liking) “Disraeli used to pretend to make fun of Gladstone – that was the basis of their act. One time he said that Gladstone was inebriated by the exuberance of his own verbosity.”
Gove seemed to think this was amusing or clever. George didn’t think Gove was amusing or clever.
“What did Gladstone say?” asked George.
“Fuck off, you Tory cunt”, said PC Collins, and George stared at him with a very displeased expression.
“I think we ought to modernise,” said George. He asked his secretary, Kylie, to try to find some photographs of Nervo and Knox to replace Bill and Ben.
Upstairs there were lots of boxes with things for George’s flat. Frances had unpacked some of them. “Wow!” exclaimed George, “Some of this stuff is just like the stuff we had at the other house!”
Frances said something in Polish, which made George think that she had been having lessons from his new friend Vince.