Twitter pokes fun at Gove's idea of 'British values' in schools

The hashtag #BritishValues has provided some interesting ideas for what Michael Gove might have meant.
The hashtag #BritishValues has provided some interesting ideas for what Michael Gove might have meant. Credit: Twitter

Education Secretary Michael Gove's assertion that new rules could force schools to actively promote "British values" has sent the Twittersphere into a frenzy.

Twitter users took the opportunity to define what they thought those values were using the hashtag #BritishValues.

Some, including political activist Billy Bragg, were less than complementary to Gove and others:

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A ruling elite that refuses to define #BritishValues for fear of being forced to uphold them

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#BritishValues Sarcasm, satire, and treating Michael Gove with all the respect an education expert like him deserves.

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The Queen getting a £3million gold coach while 1 million people use foodbanks because of 'austerity' #BritishValues

But others - like radio DJ Lauren Laverne - took it as an opportunity to poke fun at all the things Brits are known for:

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Knowing the exact duration for safely dunking a rich tea biscuit -- to the nearest nanosecond. #BritishValues

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I've got queuing; dressing inappropriately when the sun comes out; warm beer; winning World Wars; immigration & Pot Noodles. #BritishValues

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Don't look at strangers. Don't make conversation. Then moan about how there's no community spirit anymore. #BritishValues

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#BritishValues Seeing a rogue traffic cone and immediately working out the nearest sculpture in need of a hat.

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