Richard Robinson is a Masters student in European Politics at Birkbeck College. He was a candidate for European Parliament 2004 and 2009. Follow Richard on Twitter.
If there is to be a cabinet reshuffle this autumn there are three good reasons why Jeremy Hunt should be promoted.
Firstly, he has shown himself to be an able administrator, getting to grips with his department’s budget, renegotiating the BBC’s licence fee and shepherding the Olympic Games home within the budget he inherited.
Soon after the general election, we heard squeals of protest from the arts establishment as Hunt cut his own staff by 50% and the budgets of arts organisations by 30%. The great conductor, Zubin Mehta, was quoted in the New Statesman last month as saying, "We were told earlier this month to cut €4m from this season's budget at the Florence Opera. It's blasphemous. We are living in very dangerous times."
He faced down similar hyperbole with his decision to scrap the Film Council, the body that “invested” in the British film industry. Film Director Mike Leigh said, 'It's like if they suddenly said: 'We're abolishing the NHS' ... It's totally out of order.''