By Glen Owen for The Mail on Sunday
Published: 22:47 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 08:57 BST, 13 September 2020
Households across the country have been split over the dramas of Brexit and how best to tackle the coronavirus crisis – but not many have demonstrated them as starkly and publicly as Michael Gove’s.
The Cabinet Office Minister was put on the spot over the issue when he was grilled about the views of his wife, columnist Sarah Vine, during an interview yesterday.
Ms Vine argued last week that the nation should find the courage to get on with life – and detected ‘a whiff of religious zealotry in the way some seem to have revelled in the more draconian aspects of lockdown’ – just as Mr Gove was introducing the controversial new rule limiting social gatherings to no more than six people. When asked yesterday whether the pandemic was ‘more divisive than Brexit’, Mr Gove laughed and said: ‘I know what you mean... there are a range of views in the Gove household on a range of issues... it’s an environment where almost every opinion can be expressed.’
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