Michael Gove: "I don't want to be prime minister. I couldn't do it."

Says he'll sign a parchment in his own blood to prove it.

We had a "quote of the day" already this morning, but I think in light of comments Michael Gove has just made to Kay Burley on Sky, we might have to retract it. The education secretary said ""I don't want to prime minister - I know that I couldn't do it" and then followed it up with this gem:

Strange, certainly, but Boris might just hold him to it...

Michael Gove. Photograph: Getty Images

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column.

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The Deep Dive podcast: Mandates and Manifestos

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises.

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