Michael Gove appeared on Sky News this morning and found himself admitting that he and health secretary Matt Hancock have placed a bet on Brexit happening by 31 October, as per Boris Johnson's plan.

Presumably he was trying to prove how much he believes in the prime minister, but it spectacularly backfired.

Gove's cabinet job involves preparing for a no-deal Brexit, so a potential conflict of interest is a concern - whether the benefit is financially motivated or a question of pride, he does have an incentive to let the UK crash out.

It also suggests that Hancock has no confidence in his own party line.

Basically a bad look all round, and people were quick to condemn it.

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