Gove is well read and a good writer, virtues I admire. (His Celsius 7/7 was an elegant contribution to the pamphlet wars of the Bush years.) In person, his conversation is an education in itself, while his exquisite manners are a lesson to us all. Of course I talked to him. I’m a journalist. I will talk to anyone and I had no trouble greeting a Tory gentleman, who seemed the nearest British politics can offer to a renaissance man. He is an easy minister to admire until, that is, the moment you cross him.