Sun 19 December 2010, The Sunday Times

Biteback, December 19

By Richard Brooks
That was the year that was. Out went that nice and enthusiastic Ben Bradshaw, who clearly thought being culture secretary meant running the department of fun. In came Jeremy Hunt, who seemed to prefer sackcloth and ashes. In a double act with his Sancho Panza — Ed Vaizey — as arts minister, he began by playing Mr Nasty to his deputy’s Mr Nice. Initially keen to appease the chancellor with early cuts, in the end they settled late with a better deal for museums and galleries. The performing arts, however, funded by the politically unpopular Arts Council, fared less well.
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