The Department of National Heritage is only half founded. Its progress depends on having a minister with energy and a coherent knowledge of the diverse subjects it covers. In fully-fledged departments, where the civil servants have been in place long enough to provide the impetus, ministerial expertise is not so important. Here and now it is vital. So too is his previous experience at the Treasury.
If the DNH is not to slip down (or possibly even off) the Cabinet table, it must have a secretary of state with the authority to argue its case. Despite the jolts of the past week, Mr Mellor still has that authority.
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