It is refreshing to see people in position of high office being human and expressing a perfectly natural urge to enjoy themselves
Ontem, while endlessly scrolling through a barrage of misery on Twitter, a video popped up that left me grinning from ear to ear – Michael Gove raving at a club in Aberdeen. I never envisaged needing to see Gove dancing carefree and untethered, but I know now that I needed it more than I realised – and I will defend his right to do so to the hilt.
I love to dance. Depressingly, the majority of my dancing takes place at home (much to my embarrassment). Sometimes it can be to Judy Garland’s The Trolley Song when I’m feeling particularly dramatic, and at other times nothing but Happy Mondays’ Hallelujah (Club Mix) will do. My mother takes the children out for the day, I say my goodbyes, close the door and the party starts: “Alexa, play…”
I’m at an age now where the majority of my friends are either in long-term relationships or have young children. When we do see each other, it’s for a meal and a catch up. After a few glasses of wine, I’m always that person who says: “Shall we go to a nightclub?” but that’s usually greeted with “….maybe next time.”
When I was younger, I was always the first to enter the club, and the last to leave – I never wanted the party to end. Believe me, I’m no stranger to the 3am club lights switch on.
But someone just had to go and ruin it (sim, the producer of this video, I’m talking to you!) I remember a time, not long ago, when you could dance, sweat and be merry without some killjoy deciding to whip out their phone and film it. Claro, I’ve enjoyed watching this video like everyone else but it is incredibly dispiriting that people feel an incessant need to document every aspect of life.
Presumably, at one point before camera phones existed, this would have been a moment belonging only to the people there that night. The following Monday at work, some guy would have said: “You’ll never believe me, but I was raving with Michael Gove at the weekend.” Nobody would have believed him, "Não, a sério, my mate Mike can vouch for it!” It would have been his story to remember, embellish and savour.
If there’s one thing I loathe, it’s judgmental people – and this video has brought them all out of the woodwork. Some Twitter users have deemed it “cringe”, and there are even some discussing how this may affect his children. Nós vamos, it may come as a surprise to you, but people estão allowed to enjoy themselves at any age – and if that means losing yourself under the strobe lights, then so be it.
It is refreshing to see people in position of high office being human and expressing a perfectly natural urge to enjoy themselves.
Therefore, it makes me really sad to see Gove being mocked for merely having the confidence to enjoy himself. Here is a man over the age of 50 going through a divorce and all he wants to do is let his hair down and enjoy himself – is that such a crime?
Furthermore, he had the gumption to go alone! Apparently, he was visiting family when he turned up to O’Neill’s at 1.15am. I like to imagine him pondering whether or not to shake off his societal shackles before thinking to himself in the style of Bilbo Baggins, “After all…why not?”
I admire Gove’s bravery and his commitment to fun. I certainly wouldn’t have the guts to enter a club on my own. Why is it socially unacceptable for people of a certain age to go clubbing?
Back in the day when I was 18, you’d always spot “that” person, they were habitually called “the oldest swingers in town”. I often wondered why they were there and not at home making a hot chocolate before bed. But now, I understand perfectly and I have a deep respect for their fun-loving dedication.
The body may grow older, but the mind never does. Eu estou 32 now but I still very much feel like I’m 21 – I doubt that will ever change. The only thing that’s annoyed me is that I wasn’t there.
Gove, if you are reading, I am available most weekends (but please do give a little notice for childcare reasons). eu, like you, am not ready to retire into a life of Radio 4 and Newsnight. Let’s dance like no-one is watching. Once again, this video should be celebrated not lambasted. Party on. O homem, the myth, the legend: Michael Gove.