The man who for over two years has been known as the Secretary of State for Education is in real life a 12-year-old schoolboy it has been revealed in one of the most sensational cases of identity impersonation on record.
'Master Gove is just twelve years old,' a Department for Education spokesman said, 'and has been sent home in disgrace.'
'Michael has successfully passed himself off to colleagues as a grown-up for some years,' the spokesman said,' but in the end he couldn't, like all kids, resist indulging in childish behaviour.'
People became suspicious when Gove began winding-up his teachers instead of getting on with his work and, when making a mess of his project work, blamed other people. Recently he had been found passing spiteful notes about people who called him names.
It appears that when at home Gove changed back into short trousers and school cap and spent evenings catapulting ink wads at photographs of people he doesn't like.
Child psychologist Jean Peejay said Gove, in compensating for early childhood experiences of rejection, wanted to dominate every child and teacher in the country.
'If he hadn't been found out,' she said, 'he would have moved on to impersonating a prime minister of the United Kingdom.'