Skip Navigation


Sajid Javid MP appointed as new DCMS boss
Wednesday 09 April 2014 11:41:12 by Andrew Ferguson

The tiller has been left unoccupied for a minimal amount of time at the DCMS as the resignation of Maria Miller MP happened overnight over the on going expenses scandal and the tiller has been presented to Sajid Javid the MP for Bromsgrove.

Maria Miller joined the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in September 2012 and was in charge while many of the BDUK projects to improve broadband speeds in the final third of the UK were signed. Though the planning and frameworks for all this had been set in motion by Jeremy Hunt previously. While Maria Miller was very active in other parts of the DCMS portfolio, we are hard pressed to talk about a broadband related item that has her distinct fingerprint on it.

Looking forward Sajid Javid MP comes from the banking sector having left Deutsche Bank in 2009 to start a career in politics and is joining the DCMS just at the time when balancing the books and checking all the BT receipts will be of prime importance in the value for money evaluation of the BDUK projects.

The consistent feature at DCMS is Ed Vaizey MP has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport since 2010 (was shadow minister for four years before that) and for almost all the broadband announcements appears to be politician called on to talk about it.

Whether we will notice the change at the top of the DCMS is now down to whether the new incumbent wants to have a lasting impact, or will the civil service smooth out any revolutionary ideas to ensure the path of least risk is followed.

Comments

Posted by camieabz over 3 years ago
"While Maria Miller was very active in other parts of the DCMS portfolio, "we are hard pressed to talk about a broadband related item that has her distinct fingerprint on it."

Maybe she claimed for her router?
Posted by camieabz over 3 years ago
IMHO her's was a political appointment, rather than a practical one. The media have moved from carping on about Miller to carping on about another man being added to the cabinet.

When there's no difference when considering useless politicians, we can expect tokenism. If this is so, should we expect the appointment of a man to be more substance (if we are assuming that female appointments are tokenism)?

I remain unconvinced that any appointment (over any other) is going to change UK Broadband for the better, and hope I am proved wrong.
Posted by flipdee over 3 years ago
The question really is, who would win in a fight between a banker and a politician? ANSWER:One that's both.
But hopefully someone with a little appreciation of the "best investment" might make a positive impact.
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.