Michael Gove ‘surprisingly strong’

EDUCATION secretary Michael Gove has a surprising amount of upper body strength, it has emerged.

A doddle

As new research showed that strong men are more likely to be conservative, Mr Gove claimed he could lift a sheep over his head.

He said: “It’s mainly barbells, some bench-work. And I eat a lot of Coco Pops.

“I’m naturally strong so the weights just give me that edge. Sometimes I’m so ripped I scare myself.”

Mr Gove said he was not surprised by the research as he always knew there was a fundamental connection between his Thatcherite politics and his raw, animal power.

He added: “There’s no such thing as society, there are only individuals, families and a really deep burn.”

Gove, who also claimed he has never needed to use a nutcracker, said his body-building heroes are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Atlas and John Redwood.

“It was John who first introduced me to bench-pressing. We would meet up in the House of Commons gym and spot each other while reading passages from Milton Friedman.

“Did you know that Friedman once punched a cow so hard that it just died?”

When the new academic year begins in September, Mr Gove will tour schools, lifting desks with one finger and challenging the biggest boy in the class to a bare-chested wrestling match.