14/04/2015 11:42 BST | Updated 14/04/2015 11:59 BST

Michael Gove Accidentally Admits It's Too Late For The Conservatives To Win The Election

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Conservative Party Chief Whip Michael Gove addresses delegates on the final day of the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, central England, on October 1, 2014. Talk of treason cast a shadow over Britain's Conservative party conference this week, where gossip raged over who might be next to defect to the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP). AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

This encounter between Conservative chief Whip Michael Gove and a BBC reporter shows the danger of replying to a question that you have not quite heard correctly.

Unless of course the cabinet minister has given up all hope of a Tory victory on May 7.

Chris Gibson, a politics producer at BBC News, asked Gove today whether it was "too late to win the election?". The former education secretary replied cheerily: "Yes".

Oh well. Accidents do happen.