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Michael Gove’s tirade against the Turner Prize

Michael Gove hits out at contemporary art with some angry hashtags. Luckily the former culture minister was on hand to fight its corner...

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The Right Honourable Michael ‘I think the people in this country have had enough of experts’ Gove MP took to twitter last night before the announcement of this year’s Turner Prize:

The Right Honourable Ed Vaizey MP, whose views may be too expert to count (he doesn’t quite seem to have let go of his culture minister brief) replied, gallantly defending the honour of Britain’s leading prize for contemporary art.

Michael Gove, however, was having none of it:

Nevertheless, he had the good manners to congratulate Helen Marten, a worthy winner –  with caveats.

Rakewell is disappointed to learn that Michael Gove has such a low opinion of the Turner Prize – but keen to find out if the former minister has actually been to the exhibition at Tate Britain. Watch this space if Michael Gove’s office rings Rakewell back… In the meantime, ‘The Tragic Emptiness of Now’, sounds like a splendid title for an exhibition – and ‘cabinet minister-turned-curator’ has more than a ring to it…

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