This is the tale of two education ministers – both in power at the same time, but both ploughing remarkably different furrows with remarkably different approaches and remarkably different philosophies.
Watching Justine Greening, education secretary, and Nick Gibb, minister for school standards, go about their business, you would be forgiven for thinking that they weren’t working in the same era, in the same department, or indeed the same government.
This is an extremely unusual situation – perhaps only paralleled by the Andrew Adonis’s tenure as a very powerful schools minister in the mid-Naughties.
Within the last fortnight, Greening and Gibb have made high-profile appearances at very different events. The nature of these functions and how they presented themselves tells us a lot about the weird, but parallel, spheres of influence they both occupy – and the support bases that follow them.