NEW Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries will stop “crackpot” woke art projects being funded by taxpayers, a top Tory declared yesterday.
Lefties slated her promotion to the Cabinet in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle, as she is highly critical of the BBC and “snowflakes”.
Nadine Dorries, newly-appointed culture secretary, is set to turn off the taps for woke art projects funded by the taxpayersCredit: Alamy
She has called the BBC left-wing, hypocritical and patronising and has attacked woke culture for years.
But Cabinet colleagues leapt to the defence of the I’m a Celebrity contestant and best-selling author.
They said she will bring realism to the key role overseeing the UK’s arts, TV and sport sectors.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “She’s sold thousands and thousands of books and now if that isn’t part of culture, media and sport I don’t know what is.
“What’s great about Nadine Dorries is she produces culture that people buy and actually want to see rather than some of the more crackpot schemes we’ve seen being funded in the past by taxpayers’ money.”
Ms Dorries, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, has written a dozen bestsellers and made an infamous appearance in the ITV jungle in 2012, which temporarily saw her suspended from the Conservative Party.
She was readmitted in 2013 and, after backing Mr Johnson to be PM, was made a health minister in 2019. But it was the 64-year-old’s elevation to the top table that angered critics.
The New York Times’ European culture editor Matthew Anderson said: “Germany’s culture minister is a trained art historian; France’s wrote a book on Verdi. The new UK culture secretary . . . ate ostrich anus on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.”
Last night Downing Street backed Mr Wallace’s claim, saying it was vital that all government departments sought the best possible value for taxpayers’ money on any funding given out.