Michael Gove compares himself to Game of Thrones’ Tyrion
Has Michael Gove found his own Queen of Dragons? Minister compares himself to Game of Thrones’ Tyrion who betrayed his family, killed his dad and joined up with a female leader
- Michael Gove tweeted a link to a quiz comparing himself to Tyrion Lannister
- Show set in a fantasy world plunged into war as powerful dynasties vie for power
- It will raise eyebrows as the Tories are in the grip of their own bitter civil war
Michael Gove today compared himself to Tyrion Lannister – the arch plotter in Game of Thrones who killed his father, betrayed his family and teamed up with a powerful female leader.
The Environment Secretary tweeted a link to an online quiz he had filled in which found that Tyrion was his Game of Thrones ‘soulmate’.
The hit TV show is set in a magical, fantasy world plunged into bloody civil war as powerful and power-hungry dynasties vie for power.
In it, the dwarf Tyrion wins a reputation for cunning, betraying his powerful family to become the closest political adviser of their arch rival Daenerys Targaryen – known as the Queen of the Dragons – as he schemes to win her the throne.
The tweet will raise some serious eyebrows as it comes as the Tory party is in the grip of its own, bitter civil war.
Seething Tory Brexiteers have declared all out war on the PM and launched an attempt to oust her from power in fury at her divorce deal.
Michael Gove (pictured with Theresa May) today compared himself to Tyrion Lannister – clever politician and plotter who teams up with a powerful female leader
The Environment Secretary tweeted a link to an online quiz he had filled in which found that Tyrion was his Game of Thrones ‘soulmate’. The tweet will raise some serious eyebrows as it comes as the Tory party is in the grip of its own, bitter civil war
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They began the putsch last Thursday when leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg called a hastily arranged press conference to announce he had no confidence in the PM.
In the following days more MPs broke ranks with No10 to send their letters of no confidence in – fuelling fevered speculation Mrs May could be toppled within days.
But their coup crumbled as they failed to convince enough Tory MPs to join their plot and send the 48 no confidence letters needed to trigger a vote.
It suffered its first major blow on Friday morning when Mr Gove decided not to follow Esther McVey and Dominic Raab in quitting the Cabinet over the Brexit plan.
A leading Brexiteer who had helped front the Vote Leave campaign, he was seriously contemplating quitting after turning down the job of Brexit Secretary because he had major concerns about the deal.
But he stepped back from the brink on Friday morning, addressing the press to give the PM is backing and vow to stay on in her Cabinet.
Oxford-educated Mr Gove has a lot in common with Tyrion – both are known for being highly intelligent and in the thick of political plots.
The hit TV show is set in a magical, fantasy world plunged into bloody civil war as powerful and power-hungry dynasties vie for power. In it, the dwarf Tyrion (pictured, left, with the Queen of Dragons) betrays his powerful but bloodthirsty family, kills his father Tywin and teams up with a rival dynasty led by Daenerys Targaryen – known as the Queen of the Dragons
He and Boris Johnson both turned on their long-time friend David Cameron to lead the Vote Leave campaign in the EU referendum.
Their victory in the Brexit vote effectively destroyed Mr Cameron’s reputation and led to him resigning as PM.
And Mr Gove wielded the knife again just a few weeks later – this time against Mr Johnson.
He had been expected to back the Old Etonian for the top job, but at the eleventh hour he pulled his support and declared he would run too.
Mr Gove said he had ‘reluctantly’ come to the conclusion that Mr Johnson ‘cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead’.
But the move was widely regarded as an act of ruthless treachery and dealt a serious blow to his own credibility.
Mr Johnson – who has long harboured leadership ambitions – later pulled out of the race after working out he did not have enough support.
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