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Cabinet reshuffle: Should the polls decide politics?

Michael Gove lost his job partly due to his unpopularity with voters, but was David Cameron right to be swayed by public opinion?

By Peter Kellner  

Michael Gove (left) and William Hague (right) are both out of the Cabinet

The papers all agreed: Michael Gove lost his job as Education Secretary because his poll ratings were “toxic.” YouGov research was widely cited to support this view. A YouGov/Times survey conducted immediately after this week’s reshuffle confirmed his unpopularity. Only 22 per cent thought he had done well—as against 59 per cent who reckoned William Hague, the other high-profile minister to…

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