In or out? Twitter flagged the idea of Michael Gove as a future leader after a fiery debate


The Brexit debate might not have provided many clear answers for voters, but Michael Gove's appearance under the Sky News spotlight on Friday night did at least confirm one sure thing - the Justice Minister is a formidable debater.

Initially locking horns with Sky's Political Editor Faisal Islam in a feisty to-and-fro, Gove labelled David Cameron's performance on the programme the night before as "depressing" and even rounded it off with a solid gag as he sought to deflect a question about whether he harboured any leadership plans.

It was perhaps significant that the final question Gove fielded on the night was about those possible future leadership plans after he rattled through a seductive plea for voters to join his Leave campaign on June 23.

Gove repeatedly sought to tug on the nationalistic heart-string of voters and by the end of the hour-long programme, his performance was clearly the talk of Twitter.

Fellow Leave campaign 'poster-boy' Boris Johnson was clearly impressed with Gove's (err, The Gover's) performance.

He even called him it again.

But while Gove was assured, one of the most memorable moments of the night came from an audience member who challenged the 'Leave' campaign's economic plans and described him as a First World War general sending his men over the top with no idea what was on the other side.

The economic after-effects of a leave vote was at the forefront of Islam's questioning to begin the show too.

Gove said he was "glad" that a wide range of independent economic organisations have come out against Brexit, suggesting that organisations such as the Bank of England, International Monetary Fund, OECD and Institute for Fiscal Studies had been "wrong in the past" about major economic issues in the past.

Gove rattled off catchy soundbites to earn himself some respite.

But if his primary task was to provide some clarity to the key questions, they seemed to be lost in the theatre of the initial grilling from Islam, which remained the centrepoint for much debate on Twitter.

It was entertaining TV, but whether it changed anyone's opinion about the June 23 vote is debatable.