Michael Gove and wife criticised for showcasing bookshelf which includes Holocaust denier’s book

PUBLISHED: 11:13 04 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11:13 04 May 2020

Michael Gove's bookshelf (left) and Michael Gove (right)

Michael Gove's bookshelf (left) and Michael Gove (right)

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Michael Gove and his wife have been criticised for housing a Holocaust denier’s book after showcasing the couple’s bookshelf on Twitter.

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Michael Gove and his wife, Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine, have come under heavy fire after a photo of their bookcase revealed the couple had a copy of Holocaust denier David Irving’s The War Path.

The snap - posted by Vine on Twitter - showed the couple’s questionable taste in literature, which included books by authors such as right-wing libertarian Ayn Rand and Charles A. Murray and Richard Herrnstein, who penned a book on class structures and race, called The Bell Curve.

Twitter went ablaze with comments. Mic Wright wrote: “‘The War Path’ is the companion volume to ‘Hitler’s War’, a book David Irving — the Holocaust denier and Nazi fanboy — described as an attempt to save Hitler’s reputation from slanderous historians. And there is it on the Vine/Gove bookshelves.”

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Mick Muldoon said: “David Irving? Really? Are you going to justify that?”

BBC journalist Hicham Yezza posted: “David Irving, the Bell Curve, Atlas Shrugged... if this had been on ‘Through the Keyhole’ I’d have guessed Anders Breivik.”

Julian Hitchcock noticed the couple’s lack of scientific literature: “Not a single book on science, literature or art. Just vacuous political memoir and the mogodonic Atlas Shrugged. Please spare us the other 20.”

One Twitter user wrote: “Holocaust denying books are not illegal, nor should any book be made illegal. However, the choice of books tells a whole lot about people. An example, if I saw David Icke book in someone’s house, I would be very quickly looking for an excuse to leave.”

Others disagreed. One, Dr Christian DeFeo, said: “My bookshelves contains books by a lot of different thinkers, not all of whom I agree with. But the key word is ‘thinker”’, not ‘kneejerk bigot’ like David Irving. Gove and Vine actually spent money on having that book and kept it on their shelves.”

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