Michael Gove has a mantra: “You always have less time than you think.”
That might explain why he has been so energetic in his first six months as Defra Secretary.
CCTV in all slaughterhouses, a proposed ban on bee-killing pesticides, reintroducing beavers into the UK, making the sale of products with microbeads illegal, a ban on ivory sales – all measures pushed forward by Gove since rejoining the Cabinet in June.
His work hasn’t gone unnoticed by environmentalists and others who fall under Defra’s sprawling remit, with many praising Gove for being accessible, informed and decisive.
It is certainly a marked change from a year ago, when Gove was on the backbench naughty step for his betrayal of Boris Johnson.
His banishment came after a brief stint as Justice Secretary – in which he never got the time to implement any radical changes; a disastrous period as chief whip – he got locked in a toilet on his first day and nearly oversaw a Government…