In a last-ditch attempt to drum up support among MPs for the deal to make it through parliament tonight, Environment Secretary Michael Gove appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to warn about what would happen should the deal not be passed.
The interview took an even stranger turn when Gove chose to quote Game of Thrones to further punctuate his point.
“If we don’t vote for the deal tonight, in the words of Jon Snow, ‘winter is coming’,” he said.
“I think if we don’t vote for the deal tonight we will do damage to our democracy by saying to people we are not going to implement a Brexit, and the opportunity that all of us have to live up to our democratic obligations is clear.”
Game of Thrones fans will recognise Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) utterance, foreshadowing the army of frozen undead attacking Westeros.
While Gove may have thought this to be a canny comparison, listeners were left less than impressed.
Some pointed out that Gove may have missed the mark with the reference, with columnist Caitlin Moran tweeting, “I love all the male politicians who keep quoting Game of Thrones without realising it’s real subtext: climate change and ALL THE MALE LEADERS DYING OR KILLING EACH OTHER AND WOMEN TAKING OVER.”
I love all the male politicians who keep quoting Game of Thrones without realising it's real subtext: climate change and ALL THE MALE LEADERS DYING OR KILLING EACH OTHER AND WOMEN TAKING OVER.
Writer Tony Lee added, “ Michael Gove has just said on Radio 4 that ‘Winter is coming.’ But this could be a good thing. I mean, at the start of Game of Thrones, Ned Stark says this. And since then we’ve had the resurgence of Dragons in the show. That’s right! If MPs don’t vote Brexit, we get Dragons!”
Michael Gove has just said on #Radio4 that 'Winter is coming.'
But this could be a good thing. I mean, at the start of Game of Thrones, Ned Stark says this. And since then we've had the resurgence of Dragons in the show.
That's right! If MPs don't vote Brexit, we get Dragons!
It is also not the first time that Gove has compared politics to GOT, with the former chief whip popping up in a frankly utterly weird video by journalist James Delingpole.
Titled ‘Gove in the Garden’, he explained his favourite character was Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage.
“The moment I love most is when he leads what’s apparently a hopeless charge of his troops in defence of King’s Landing against the forces of Stannis Baratheon,” Gove declared in the 2014 video.
“You see there that this mishappen dwarf, reviled throughout his life, thought of some as some toxic figure, can at last rally a small band of loyal followers and at the last moment, he suddenly hears the sound of the relief column coming. And it’s his father, a father of which he has the most complicated of relationships, who then comes ahead of our relief army in order to defeat the Baratheon forces.”
He then compared Lannister to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, saying he would “never, never, never surrender.”