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15/7/14: so, Mr Gove is no longer the UK education secretary

Mr Gove's departure from the UK Education Ministry inspires me to retell a joke I have heard at least twice, originally in honour of Kenneth Baker standing down in that role (golly, I'm showing my age now) and then also when Chris Woodhead stepped down as chief inspector for schools.  The joke goes like this.

One Monday a teacher walks into Sanctuary House, goes up to the receptionist, and asks, 'Can I see Mr Gove please?' 'I'm sorry, no,' comes the reply, 'Mr Gove doesn't work here any more.'  'OK, thank you, good bye,' replies the teacher, and then proceeds to leave.

On Tuesday the same teacher again walks into Sanctuary House, goes up to the receptionist, and asks, 'Can I see Mr Gove please?' 'I'm sorry, no,' comes the reply, 'Mr Gove doesn't work here any more.'  'OK, thank you, good bye,' replies the teacher, and then proceeds to leave.

Same on Wednesday.  Same on Thursday.

On Friday the teacher yet again walks into Sanctuary House, goes up to the receptionist, and asks, 'Can I see Mr Gove please?'  The receptionist now loses patience.  'Look, what's going on here?  Everyday you ask to see Mr Gove and everyday I tell you he doesn't work here any more.'  'Yes,' replies the teacher, 'I just love hearing you say it.'


Normal service will be resumed at the weekend.


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