New culture secretary has vast experience, no passionmain
David Cameron has named John Whittingdale as UK secretary for culture, media and sport.
As chair of the House of Commons culture, media and sport committee throughout the last Parliament, Whittingdale knows more about the business of culture than any politician in years, and he has demonstrated a healthy scepticism towards BBC, Arts Council and Culture Department bromides.
His appointment augurs well for those of us who believe failing arts officials should be held to account.
What it lacks is any hint of passion. Whittingdale is a dry stick.