The Cabinet Office minister also described Prince Charles as “dull, wet and dripping adultery” in speeches at the Cambridge Union while he was a student at Oxford, and after graduation while he worked as a journalist.
In apparent attempts at humor, Mr Gove called people living in countries colonized by the British as ‘fuzzy-wuzzies’, accused former Tory minister Sir Leon Brittan of being a pedophile and made a series sex jokes at the expense of Conservative Minister Lucy Frazer.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who was approached for the post of Foreign Minister or Home Secretary in the context of a possible reshuffle, also described Margaret Thatcher’s policies as a “new empire” where “The happy south tramples on the cruel, dirty, toothless face of the northerner”, and declared that homosexuals “mainly thrive on short-term relationships”.
Mr Gove made the comments – which were greeted at the time with cheers, dazed laughter and cries of “shame” – during three evening debates at the Cambridge Union in February 1993, December 1993 and During the winter of 1987, whose recordings came to light up this week.
By 1993 Mr Gove had made a career in television with the BBC, working on the political program On the file, and had starred in Channel 4’s short-lived comedy program One shot in the dark.
In February of the same year, Mr Gove made a number of comments on then-EU Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan, speaking in favor of the motion ‘This house would rather have a degree from the University of life “.
Imagining an exchange between the two men, Mr Gove said: “[Leon] said: “Cambridge taught me to appreciate music. And in particular an appreciation of the mature male soprano voice.
Sir Leon was a key minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government and, before her death in 2015, was targeted by Scotland Yard in a VIP sexual abuse investigation sparked by the testimony of the Carl Beech fantasy. The allegations against Sir Leon were found to be false and Beech was sentenced to 18 years for hijacking the course of justice and for fraud.
Mr Gove went on to joke that he had referred Sir Leon to a “special branch”, claiming that he was “now satisfying his desires in the Bois de Boulogne and in various other meeting places in Brussels”.
In December 1993, he gave a speech in support of the motion “This house prefers a woman at the top”.
Mr Gove boasted that the current Minister of Justice, Lucy Frazer, who invited him to speak at the time, was “really capable of tempting me to bed with her”, and implied that the whole college rugby club had been having group sex with her.
He then spoke of his “preference for peach-flavored condoms” and said that she had “done remarkably well” to come “from the lanes of the slums of Leeds”.
The independent understands that Michael Gove and Lucy Frazer were not involved in a romantic relationship and that his descriptions were purely fictitious.
In 1987, when Mr Gove was in his final year at the University of Oxford and served as president-elect of his debate society, he spoke in favor of the motion ‘This house believes that the British Empire was lost on Eton’s playgrounds as in an inter-varsity debate competition at the Cambridge Union.
In making his case, he used a racial insult, saying, “It can be moral to keep an empire because fuzzy-wuzzies can’t take care of themselves.”
“It can be immoral to maintain an empire because the peoples of the Third World have an inalienable right to self-determination, but it does not matter whether it is moral or immoral.
Referring to the practice of British rule, Gove said that “Eton took the cream of the colonial system, he took strangers in chains and made them into gentlemen”.
“Chained” is a term used to describe people, often slaves, who were tied with chains or handcuffs, usually around the ankles.
He went on to describe economist John Maynard Keynes as a “homosexualist,” adding: “Many of us know that homosexuals thrive primarily on short-term relationships. “
The speech also included Mr Gove’s views on Margaret Thatcher’s policy, which he described as “tough, vigorous, virulent, manly, heterosexual”.
He continued, “We are finally living in a new empire: an empire where the happy south tramples on the cruel, dirty and toothless face of the northerner.
“Finally, Mrs Thatcher says I don’t care what half the population says because the richest half will keep me in power. It may be amoral, it may be immoral, but it is politics and it is pragmatism.
Mr Gove, who became an MP in 2005, also said the Prince of Wales was an example of how university education makes people boring. He described him as “a drab, wet, dripping adulterer whose romantic conversation is dominated by toilet details.”
Another mocker was made at the expense of then-president of the union, Mr Gove, declaring: “Putting you in charge of the Cambridge Union was a bit like putting Slobodan Milosevic in charge of the Serbian high command. from a rape crisis center. “
Most recently, in 2017, when he appeared on the BBC Today program, Mr. Gove joked that being interviewed by presenter John Humphrys was like walking into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom – “You just pray that you come out with your dignity intact.” Mr. Gove then apologized, saying it was a “clumsy attempt at humor.”
The Liberal Democrats have asked Boris Johnson to consider whether Mr Gove should stay in cabinet in light of the comments.
Liberal Democrat Chief Whip MP Wendy Chamberlain said: “Michael Gove should be ashamed of ever having thought of these things, let alone saying them. These inappropriate and racist remarks do not suit a government minister, do not suit a journalist, in fact do not suit anyone.
“The Prime Minister should ask himself if this is the type of person who deserves to be seated around the Cabinet table. However, given Boris Johnson’s own history of shameful remarks, I would expect this to be another shameful issue that he lets go unchallenged.
Mr. Gove and Ms. Frazer declined to comment.