Michael Gove, who for the past five years has been entrusted with managing our nation's schools, and who undertook this task by getting rid of a lot of them, has an interesting past. In the late nineties, he was a columnist for the Times. In one column, he argued that the country should bring back the death penalty because abolishing it had "led to a corruption of our criminal justice system, the erosion of all our freedoms and has made the punishment of the innocent more likely."
In short, he'd rather be tried under the "shadow of a noose" than before a jury cowed by political pressure. Speaking of pressure, he also compared the Stephen Lawrence inquiry to McCarthyism in another think-piece: "The lawyers for the Lawrences seemed, at moments, to have served their apprenticeship under Joseph McCarthy…Do those who talk of institutional racism not realise that they are falling into the same error as racists, making sweeping assumptions about groups instead of forming reasoned judgments about individuals?”
He is of course refering to the inquiry that determined institutional racism was pervasive throughout the Metropolitan police when they were investigating the death of Stephen Lawrence. For Gove, that conclusion was as erroneous as stabbing a black teenager in the street.
It always seems petty to muckrake information from decades ago. For all we know, Gove's opinions may have changed as experience took hold. But as he's currently attempting to scrap the Human Rights Act, I'm not so sure ¯\_(ツ)_/¯