I worked for both of them, and they were extraordinary human beings. But they were also both contingent, flawed, and also with their all-too-obvious blind spots.
By working closely with Government to target investment, we have rekindled that creative spark that is one again catching the eye of the world.
I have had doors slammed in my face and been called a traitor. But I keep promoting a positive, localised Conservative message.
We want to generate income, to help pay for local services – and drive economic growth, to create jobs and homes where people want them.
Huge funds are handed over to prestige schemes in the capital. But modest funds for projects elsewhere would provide better value.
Scrap HS2. Integrate social care. Abolish NI. Reverse police cuts. Consider a new Bill of Rights. And much, much more.
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It’s wrong to claim that May and Brexit have brought new problems for the Conservatives in London. These were clear in 2015 under Cameron.
Local authorities don’t always appreciate the potential of special exhibitions to develop tourism – as well as the opportunities for schools and colleges.
The EU’s petulant announcement that the UK is no longer eligible to compete for European Capital of Culture makes the national award all the more important.
There is little evidence in May’s key speeches to date that her interest and imagination are gripped by the consequences of breakup and poor parenting.
The director of the Old Vic’s musical adaptation of the 1993 film indulges in leftwing cliché.
Culture blossoms when independent of the state.
The sector is good for the economy, as well as for the soul.
The Arts Minister defends Tracey Emin, but is most proud of leaving the Arts Council alone.