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Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary

9 April 2014

11:06 AM

9 April 2014

11:06 AM

Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary. Javid has impressed as a junior minister at the Treasury. He has learnt the political ropes fast despite only becoming an MP in 2010 and having done very little in politics before that.

Javid’s appointment will please modernisers and the right alike. The right will be pleased that this Eurosceptic, Thatcherite has made Cabinet. Modernisers will be pleased that the Tories have their first Muslim male Cabinet Minister.

Javid comes with a back-story that is all too rare in British politics. He is the son of a bus driver and was the first person in his family to go to university. His father, an immigrant from Pakistan, was nicknamed ‘Mr Night and Day’ because he worked so many jobs to make end meet. From university, Javid went into the City where he excelled, becoming a vice-president at Chase Manhattan at the age of 25.

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In an interview last year, Javid told me

‘Because of my background and the challenges I have had and the job I have had before, I have worked with and had friends from every group of society. I don’t think that’s true of all politicians, and that hopefully helps me empathise with and connect with people facing problems at any point on the social ladder, whether they’re a bus driver or an investment banker. I understand the issues and concerns they’re facing.’

Javid becomes the first member of the 2010 intake to make Cabinet. His promotion will be seen as a further sign of George Osborne’s influence over reshuffles, Javid’s political career gathered real momentum when he became Osborne’s PPS in October 2011.

But with Miller’s departure, there is now not a single mother in the Cabinet. Cameron is going to have to address that at the next reshuffle.

Update: Nicky Morgan, who is a mother, has now been made Minister for Women and will attend Cabinet in that role

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  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary. I hope the Deutsche Bank methods will not be used. A bank at the center of every financial scandal Libor, tax evasion in
    conjunction with the trading of emissions certificates, fiddling the books to hide
    liabilities many fines from the American and more to come not forgetting rate fixing and Kirch media group bankruptcy.

  • Raw England

    Yes. Because that’s exactly what we need, isn’t it: Another non-English politician in the highest echelons of power.

  • perdix

    What’s the problem about there being no mothers in the cabinet? And why should there be any “single mothers”? :)

    • itdoesntaddup

      Someone has to dispense the motherhood and apple pie.

  • Graeme S

    I cannot stop laughing at the irony . We have an Asian Moslem responsible for the cultural legacy and welfare of British culture, who,d a thunk it

    • itdoesntaddup

      I guess you lack the ability to read the comments from which you would have learned that he was born in the UK and grew up with British culture which he values and believes should be adopted by immigrants to the UK, and he does not practice religion.

      • Raw England

        British Culture isn’t just a set of values; its in our blood and heritage. Its something that only exists within the native people of Britain. Its an ethnicity.

  • swatnan

    He knows b****r all about Culture, even less than Maria.
    He’s a pretty nondescript type of politician, and thas saying a lot.

    • itdoesntaddup

      Evidently you know B****r all about him.

  • itdoesntaddup

    there is now not a single mother in the Cabinet.

    Never mind. There are plenty of gays.

  • Tom M

    “vice president of Chase Manhatten at the age of 25” That might say something about what is wrong with the banks.
    Now the new Culture Secretary after only becoming an MP in 2010, that might say something about what is wrong with parliament.

    • itdoesntaddup

      A VP in Chase probably means junior bond trader.

    • post_x_it

      VP is not a particularly senior title in a US bank. 25 is still pretty young, but lots of people get it before they’re 30. It’s a long way from making MD.

  • James Allen

    Shame it couldn’t have been his dad, by all accounts, but it would be churlish to say that right now….

  • Mc Kenzie

    Bright chap but the CCHQ image crew need to work on his presentation style – has gravitas but can be quite robotic

  • FrankS2

    What is a culture secretary’s actual job? What has any of them actually achieved?

    • post_x_it

      Quite a lot I think. Mellor managed to bed an actress, and Smith made it to chairman of the Environment Agency. Respect where it’s due!

  • Smithersjones2013

    Interesting. An Osborne and therefore Cameron placeman. A bean counter to manage the arts money. A muslim to defend gay marriage (any juicy quotes in his past per chance?) and promote secular culture. Cameron certainly likes to keep it interesting….

    So exactly what connection does Javid have with mainstream sports, art and culture that recommends him for this role?

  • Graeme S

    Complete useless placeman …. never had a real job , he may talk the talk but he is a bag-carrier on the make

  • George_Arseborne

    This shows how powerful George Osborne is. Cameron just demonstrate how weak he is. Can’t sack a fiddler and can’t appoint a minister. What a humpty dumpty of a man.

  • sarahsmith232

    So, he reckons that his background ‘hopefully helps me empathise with and connect with people facing problems at any point on the social ladder’. Test number one – I want immigration reduced, specifically from parts of the world like Pakistan. Is that because I’m –
    A) a Little Englander stuck in a 1950s time warp that is still not able to deal with ‘walking down the street and seeing people that don’t like you’.
    B) an unreasonable Daily Mail reading Islamophobe that could easily become better enlightened if only I were willing to enter into some contact with the Islamic world.
    C) a grossly repulsive BNP voting reptile, unworthy of human contact.
    (have I forgot any other tired old, worn out, Leftie half-wit stereotypes?)
    or
    D) have a valid point of view.
    So this Javid keeps having it put about that he reckons himself a potential Tory leader, I would say – in your dreams boy. If he can’t work out the reason why A B & C are idiot stereotypes and D is valid (and you know he wouldn’t be able to) then he can carry on with his delusional fantasies about becoming PM. Might as well just get the job done properly and go and elect Dianne Abbott as PM.

    • mogwaiman

      Interesting, your point is that you have a point of view but you don’t say what your point of view is. Why do YOU want immigration reduced?

      • sarahsmith232

        I really need to not spend too much time on this so i’ll attempt to skim over the surface on it.
        1) Culture matters. Pakistani culture damages this country. The way to end that is to reduce immigration from those parts of the world.
        2) Outside of anything to do with culture, if you allow in millions of people with low/no skills, low/no education to a part of the world which is a consumer, status driven society then there will be only one outcome – the incomers will become resentful. Be they Romanian Christians, be they Pakistani muslims, be they non-religious Nigerians, doesn’t matter, they’ll end up feeling like they’re existing at the bottom of the pile, feel like are viewed as at the bottom of the pile and will become angrily, violently, resentful. This then creates angry, hostile, separatist communities. I’ve seen all of this in Los Angeles, the above is a description of Mexican communities. They’re culture is not so far removed from an American one but Mexicans separate themselves, refuse to integrate, form hostile, violent, separatist gangs.
        Set, written in stone, inevitable end result if you allow in millions of people that can’t immediately become high status sorts in a status driven society.
        There’s a million and one other v.good reasons, haven’t the time. This all shouldn’t need explaining though.

        • itdoesntaddup

          Then perhaps you should understand that Javid thinks that all immigrants should adopt British culture – as he has done himself.

    • Wessex Man

      oh dear you’ve obviously got out of the wrong side of bed today, do lighten up.

      • sarahsmith232

        Wessex Man, dearie, i’m disappointed in you. Do you or do you not want something done about immigration? Specifically from parts of the world like Pakistan? We’ve now had 17yrs long years of mass immigration from parts of the world like Pakistan, if this one becomes leader we might as well all kiss goodbye to the nation, it’ll be gone. Personally I don’t think he’s a hope of becoming leader of the Tories but if he does, well, immigration from these parts of the world will continue on just like under Labour, just like under Cameron, it’ll never end, never stop. Is this really something you don’t care about? Anyway, enjoy your day dear.

      • perdix

        Yes, that was a typical kipper frothing piece. No ideas, just insults.

        • Right-Minded

          Why don’t you read it again properly this time, she had a clear idea about an important issue, and expressed it. What more do you want?

    • Raw England

      You’re my hero.

  • saffrin

    Plenty of evidence on this thread to suggest there is little to distinguish between the Conservative and Labour types.
    LibLabCon.

    • Kitty MLB

      Oh, I see. You are showing such a bad example to UKIP.
      Nigel Farage would be appalled by your comments on this thread.

      • saffrin

        No doubt. We must all comply with the thought police.
        However, I shall remove my posts.

      • James Allen

        He’s not representing UKIP. Maybe a trojan horse? UKIP is non-racist, non-sectarian, non-judgemental… full stop!

    • Raw England

      I understand. Completely.

      • saffrin

        Confirmation of the one party state says I.

  • http://twitter.com/georgeigler George Igler

    Forsyth: “…as the first Muslim male Cabinet Minister.”

    Javid: “I do not practise any religion”

    A Muslim is a follower of Islam. A person who does not follow the religion of Islam, is not a Muslim. Or is being a Muslim some kind of racial quality granted to him by accident of birth?

    Really, this kind of identity politics is irrelevant to his new post. And for those below the line who are decrying the man, because of the religious background of Mr Javid’s family, I know little about him personally, but I did watch his maiden speech.

    He chose to highlight the bravery of two young men from his constituency, who had fought the Taliban in Afghanistan, one recently killed, the other decorated for gallantry.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6d8ReUflUc

    • zanzamander

      Javid: “I do not practice any religion”

      You obviously haven’t heard of taqquiya.

    • James Allen

      Good point, well made.

  • tom jones

    I won’t judge him on his background. I will judge him by what he does. If he shuts down the waste of money that is the Culture Department then happy days, but somehow I don’t think that will happen.

  • Kitty MLB

    ‘ With Miller gone there are No more single mums in the Cabinet Cameron
    will have to deal with this’ – Eh what, is he going out of his way to find single
    mothers for the Cabinet now?
    We once had a Female Prime Minister, wonder how that might be addressed –
    just saying !
    I am actually impressed with Sajid Javid in his previous job in the treasury –
    and he most certainly knows how to deal with the press and the media, as shown
    in previous occasions.
    Although, I have said many times, like a parrot- it should not be about
    gender, class or race but about suitability…

  • sarah_13

    Good Choice. He is intelligent, measured and independent minded. Its about time ministers were promoted on merit. I see Yvette Cooper is banging on about women, but rather than the likes of Gloria del Piero as politicians we need intelligent politicians, men or women.

    • Kitty MLB

      Indeed Sarah, Mr Javid, is intelligent, articulate, well measured chap
      and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
      Well , Yvette Cooper, she is a little hamster chewing Actress strutting her stuff. I believe she was the original ‘ Blair Babe’ says it all really .
      As you say: Intelligence and common sense.

  • Alexsau91

    Working class background, didn’t go to Oxbridge, has had a job outside politics. More people like this are needed in the Cabinet.

    Labour can kick and shout about ‘Cameron’s problem with women’ all they wish… does it not say more about them? That they only see people by gender, not by merit?

    • telemachus

      But he writes pap

      See what he wrote in this August Journal last December

      *

      Labour know they have lost the argument on the economy. They have nothing to say because they don’t have an economic plan. And as a result, they are only offering short term gimmicks and more spending, more borrowing, and more debt.

      *
      There will be no short term gimmicks when we take over next May

      • Kitty MLB

        Still have pride of place sitting within cloud cuckoo land I see
        Telemachus- been eating those delirium inducing sandwiches
        at tweedle dee’s and treedledum’s tea party .
        Jacob Rees- Mogg as a better chance of becoming Labour
        leader then Ed Sillibland has becoming PM.

        • Alexsau91

          I only wish that were true Kitty. Sadly the electoral system is so biased in favour of Labour that Milliband could simply rely the Tories performing badly to win.

          Cameron won a higher share of the vote in 2010, than Blair did in 2005. Cameron was 20 short of a majority, Blair had a 30 seat majority. Even vice versa, the Tory share of the vote was a fair bit higher in 2005 than Labour’s in 2010 – yet Brown managed to win 60 more seats than Howard was able to.

  • telemachus

    Pray he is not briefed by either of his predecessors

    • saffrin

      Abu Hamza al-Masri and Abu Qatada come to mind.

      • Colonel Mustard

        Unfair.

        • Colin56

          I don’t think so. He’s just another state-funded mouth to feed. It’s another non-job filled by a non-entity. You’re paying for him. So am I. Why?

          • Colonel Mustard

            I agree the department is not needed but I was commenting about the suggested briefing by saffrin.

            • saffrin

              Telemachus loves it. I bet he’s been on the phone already.

    • Kitty MLB

      You mean like Labour were, and you know they were our little bull frog.

  • Roxy ☮

    Very clever move from Cameron. He is the most likely person to challenge Cameron/ become a problem. Many see Javid as next Con leader. Less likely to do that in cabinet- collective ministerial responsibility. (And the whole working-class background won’t hurt either).

    • Colin56

      “Very clever move from Cameron.” Oxymoron.

    • saffrin

      ‘The whole working-class background won’t hurt either’
      Split the Labour vote too.

      • Roxy ☮

        I doubt that.

  • post_x_it

    Why do we need a single mother in cabinet?

    • itdoesntaddup

      So that Cameron can carry on discriminating against ordinary married families?

    • Droog67

      Get her off of benefits, and fiddling expenses instead.

      • glurk

        Strangely, I managed to teach my kids that it was a good thing to be independent of claiming on the government despite having to bring them up on benefits. Not one of them signs on even if they need to. Plus they contibute to a society that includes misleading whingers like you. Its easy to line up single mothers and give them abuse just because you read in the Daily Mail that all of us have children just because the government will pay. Forget it. You try living on £25 a week as we did, as I was unable to get a job because of the extortionate cost of child care.
        Stupid rabble rouser.

  • saffrin

    Nice, culture minister. No doubt we can soon expect to be called to prayer, blasted out through loudspeakers five times a day.
    Politically trendy in today’s Westminster village I have little doubt, however, I wonder how it will go down come election day.

    • Colonel Mustard

      “No doubt we can soon expect to be called to prayer, blasted out through loudspeakers five times a day.”

      Doubt it.

      Javid on faith: “My own family’s heritage is Muslim. Myself and my four brothers were brought up to believe in God, but I do not practise any religion. My wife is a practising Christian and the only religion practised in my house is Christianity. I think we should recognise that Christianity is the religion of our country.”

      Javid on multiculturalism: “I welcome the Prime Minister’s speech on this complex and important topic. I am proud of my Pakistani and Muslim heritage but, as I have myself said repeatedly, people who settle here should respect the British way of life, culture and traditions, and be required to learn our language. For too long we have championed an ideology of multiculturalism which has created divides rather than broken them down.”

      • saffrin

        One thing we all soon learn is you can’t trust anything a muslim says.
        If you do not know that already it’s because you don’t ‘know’ any.

        • Colonel Mustard

          I know what is said about them. However, I have known Baluchis and Pakistanis in circumstances where trust was essential and was never found wanting.

          • dmitri the impostor

            Nice one, Colonel. May I recommend ‘The Spy Who Disappeared’ by Reginald Teague-Jones (1990). He said exactly the same.

            • Colonel Mustard

              Thank you for that. I don’t know it but shall look it out.

            • logdon

              Have you read Churchill’s Malakand Field Force?

              He said exactly the opposite.

        • Kingbingo

          saffrin, my wife is a Muslim, and you Sir, are a bloody idiot.

          Muslims come in all varieties. Good, Bad, Ugly, Lairs etc, just like us anglo saxons do.

          • saffrin

            Seeing is believing.
            I’ve known and worked with many since the late 70’s.
            Can’t/don’t trust a single one of them.

            • tom jones

              That’s an ignorant thing to say. It’s not a great idea to judge whole swathes of the population by the actions of a handful of people that you know. Something like that happened in the 30s and it didn’t end up so well.

              • saffrin

                Every muslim home I’ve been invited into the woman get relegated to the kitchen.

                • Kitty MLB

                  I am sure that is also the same for many working class English
                  homes also ( I shall not be so judgemental by saying all homes)

            • Fergus Pickering

              Perhaps they can’t trust you. I’m not sure I should trust you further than I could throw you.

          • Kitty MLB

            Hello Kingbingo ( remember you from conhome) very well
            said. My Doctor is a Indian non practicing Muslim ( likes his wine) and he is a fine Doctor indeed and I completely trust him. I think we can tell the difference between a good and bad
            apple.

    • sarah_13

      Javid is a great choice. He has muslim heritage but is non-religious. If you read his biography he wants to get away from dividing people on the grounds of religion. Surely you are able to discern the difference between Mr Javid and the likes of Baroness Warsi. A good start would be to look at their lives and listen to what they say.

    • Kitty MLB

      I suggest you listen to the wise words of both the Colonel and Sarah.
      This young Indian non practicing muslim ( not from a middle east with a prayer mat, beard and Islamic dress) has fully embraced our country and has
      a Christian wife. He is also an example to other people who wish to move
      to England. Try being less judgemental and painting everyone with the same brush. Mr Javid is a fine chap.

      • Wessex Man

        so he’s a good guy Kitty but is this Department needed? no not in any way, if he’s so good give him a proper appointment and close down this waste of time drain on our money!

        • Kitty MLB

          I have absolutely no idea why he has been moved from
          the treasury, he was excellent in that department.
          And he’s not one of Cameron’s little poodles either.
          But yes I agree its a bit of a dead end department, which
          is probably why they put Maria Miller in that position.
          But its still there, so that’s it, dear chap.

        • James Allen

          Quite right.

        • perdix

          It’s necessary for his department to finish the work on press regulation. He needs to be a tough guy, he will make many enemies in the press. From that point of view Cameron chose well. When he has done that work he can go back to Treasury duties, and who knows, could be a candidate for Chancellor in a future Tory government.

      • Raw England

        Have you been hacked, or something, Kitty?

  • http://www.biologymad.com/ HD2

    I wish him well.

    PS: When do we need a Department for Media and Culture AT ALL and why, therefore, do we need a Minister?

    • Colin56

      We don’t. He should resign before getting his feet under the desk.

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