Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood was among those less than impressed by his performance at the Bohemia in Aberdeen, giving Gove just three out of 10.
So what should the Aberdeen-born MP for Surrey Heath do now? Should he never be seen on a dancefloor again, refusing requests at wedding receptions and other such events?
We say most certainly not. To do so would be tacit acceptance that dancing is somehow an elite activity that only a select band of coordinated and graceful people may enjoy and that those possessed of a pedantic sense of rhythm, sequins and fixed smiles have the final say on who is good enough to ‘throw some shapes’ and who is not.
This is an outrageous idea and an affront to democratic sentiment to boot.
The inelegant have as much right as anyone else to enjoy moving their bodies to music. Gove is old enough to have experienced the punk era of the 1970s and it may be that his defiance of modern-day dance snobs stems from these formative years.
He now has the chance to become the new ‘Minister for Bad Dancing’, a champion for those cowed into submission by efforts to turn dancing into a competition.
Dancing is not a professional sport, it is an amateur pursuit that should be enjoyed by any and all who wish to do so. So thanks, Michael, for reminding us.