Michael Gove Ripped To Shreds For Congratulatory Tweet To Ed Balls On Strictly Survival

Oh dear.
Poor Michael Gove
Poor Michael Gove
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Michael Gove hasn’t had much luck with Twitter.

Minutes after sending his first post to announce his bid for the Tory leadership in July, Gove was branded a “jizztrumpet”. Some weeks later he fired off an EU tweet that saw him castigated as a “boil-in-the-bag rent-a-clown”.

But the ex-justice secretary was clearly feeling brave, as he waded onto the site again to tweet a terrible joke.

It simultaneously praised his former adversary Ed Balls’ Strictly Come Dancing performance and had a dig at Labour.

Delighted for @edballs - a labour victory we can all celebrate

— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) October 2, 2016

Safe to say, many weren’t won over.

First came the abuse.

@michaelgove @edballs Go and fuck yourself with a baseball bat you smug chinless limp pricked twat. You were sacked for being a cunt.

— Mark (@markedwards001) October 2, 2016

Then the joke at his expense.

You can tell Gove thought this one up weeks ago and thinks it's the funniest thing he's ever said. #Strictly https://t.co/HQMBI7YW4F

— Robert Perry (Pez) (@pez_sez) October 2, 2016

Then the complaint.

You aren't part of the Osborne/Balls bromance we don't like you shut up https://t.co/i39edtOh1x

— Harry Thompson (@HMorganThompson) October 2, 2016

Then the speculation.

Gove bid for Strictly? Stranger things ... https://t.co/krfc3uZm3k

— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) October 2, 2016

Just a reminder: This is what Gove was congratulating the former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer for:

But Balls called peace on the matter by offering a friendly reply.

Cheers Michael ! https://t.co/ftplrFylMW

— Ed Balls (@edballs) October 2, 2016

Gove was ousted from government after running against Theresa May for the leadership. He was replaced as Justice Secretary by Liz Truss.


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