Sir Peter Bazalgette put in charge of English culture
Knighted for 'services to broadcasting', Sir Peter is responsible (or jointly responsible) for bringing us such cultural gems as Big Brother, Fame Academy, Changing Rooms, Ground Force, Restoration and Deal Or No Deal...
Labour MP Denis MacShane said: "It is very worrying that someone who has dumbed down, trivialised and sexualised mass TV viewing with Big Brother has been put in charge of British culture."
Being a devolved competence, Sir Peter actually only has charge of English culture (a settlement of which MPs ought to be aware). His Grace happens to believe that a nation is its culture, and in that culture resides its spirit, wealth and destiny. You tinker with it at your own risk, and neglect it at your peril. England's culture is the foundation of national homogeneity: it gives identity, cohesion and unity. When you 'dumb down', sexualise, commercialise, trivialise and reduce aspiration to the cult of celebrity, the social consequences ought to come as no surprise.