Alexander Chancellor

The rich have given up their freedom

I'd have made a good member of the old leisured class. I'm not so sure about the new elite

Secretary of State for Culture, Sajid Javid [Getty Images for 9th World Islam]

The appointment of Sajid Javid as the new Secretary of State for Culture has been much criticised on the grounds that culture is not his forte; and in an interview with the Times the other day he confessed that he had never been to the opera. This is a little surprising because, as a former banker in the City earning an estimated £3 million a year, he is just the kind of person you might expect to go to the Royal Opera House if only to flaunt his wealth.

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