Michael Gove: C'mon kids, quit sexting – send love poems instead
S.W.A.L.K.: Education secretary plugs mate's app
Education Secretary Michael Gove has apparently come over all gooey and romantic by plugging a new app called Love Book that was created by one of his wife's close friends.
The Tory MP is urging teenagers to stop the practice of sending naughty messages to each other – the phenomenon known as sexting – and urged them to exchange love poems across mobile networks instead.
"It [the Love book app] will allow children to make sense of their own feelings in a way that is more graceful, expressive and beautiful [than sexting]," Gove said, according to the Sunday Times.
"Technology does not have to mean that expression becomes clumsier," the Cabinet minister added.
Love Book was created by Allie Esiri, who sliced together audio recordings of love poems read by actors including Helena Bonham Carter and Gina Bellman.
The app – which (sorry WinPhone fans) is only available on iOS and Android – also allows users to interact with the poems by recording their own versions of the verses that they can then text or email them to others.
Esiri is a good chum of Gove's wife Sarah Vine, all of which perhaps best explains the education secretary's app love-in. ®