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Tuesday, January 18, 2005 

Culture Secretary

Strange Thing #23: I've just discovered they have a Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the British Cabinet.

According to Wikipedia, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport heads up stuff like:
alcohol & entertainment
architecture & design
creative industries
cultural property
education & social policy
gambling & racing
historic environment
libraries & communities
museums & galleries
the National Lottery
public appointments

We don't have something like this in the USA, at least not at that level. But then, a lot of these things aren't important to Americans as much (arts, architecture, history, libraries) and some aren't really legal (gambling!) and stuff like education gets it's own department. But how cool is that? I don't think something like this would work in the States, there would be quite the public outcry if tax dollars were spent regulating alcohol and sports in such a blatant manner.

You can understand why the media dubbed it "The Ministry of Fun". :D

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