It was announced during the summer that the culture department (DCMS) will be slimmed down and moved to another building in Whitehall, vacating its existing premises at Cockspur Street, just off Trafalgar Square.
Progress is going well, we are told. One option is to move into the spare space at the Treasury, where George Osborne is getting staff to sit closer together at smaller desks to free up almost an entire floor. It’s not clear whether the culture officials would relish the prospect of sitting next to the financial disciplinarians from the Treasury, however.
(By Chris Cook, education correspondent):
Michael Gove fears that “children are growing up ignorant of one of the most inspiring stories I know – the history of our United Kingdom”, and is committed to increasing teaching history. This was described to the FT by one minister as “boilerplate conference applause generator”.
That sceptical MP has a point. Encouraging the teaching of British history in chronological order has long been a standard applause line at Tory conferences. In opposition, the party set up a review into the teaching of history.
But that applause-line has an old vintage. Rab Butler took his first cabinet post as President of the Board of Education in 1941. Butler’s memoirs state that, when he offered him the job, Churchill had a pretty good idea about what he wanted taught.
[Churchill] looked at me pityingly and said: “Everyone has to learn to defend himself. I should not object if you could introduce a note of patriotism into the schools. Tell the children that (General) Wolfe won Quebec.”
My colleague Megan Murphy reports in this morning’s FT about a gathering of bankers at Mansion House yesterday to discuss “values and trust in the City”.
This is the standout quote: