Things have not being going brilliantly for the Coalition. Take Ed Miliband as a barometer. Some months ago, he was a joke. These days, following Osborne’s disastrous Budget, even those on the Right are beginning to take Miliband seriously as a contender for leadership of the country. It isn’t that Labour has done anything impressive; it’s just that his opponents are looking dangerously likely to throw away victory in 2015.
But there is still all to play for. The reshuffle has left the Government more oriented towards the Right, and finally looking as if it means business – literally in the case of Michael Fallon, the new Business Minister, with his aggressive, supply side reform brief. With Fallon keeping a close eye on Vince Cable, and the hardy Chris Grayling succeeding Ken Clarke as Justice Secretary, the Government seems poised to make tangible changes to boost both the economy and society.
So much for the speculation; nothing has actually happened. Until now. Michael Gove’s bold announcement this afternoon that the soft-and-squishy GCSEs will be replaced by a more rigorous English Baccalaureate Certificate in 2015 shows that the Government finally means business with education as well. At long last, the Coalition has something solid to rally behind. Could this be the point where its fortunes turn? Continue reading on the Telegraph website