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The first of the Young Turks of the Tory Party to be appointed a Cabinet Minister is not Rory Stewart (He’ll get a turn Lord willing and if he wants it) nor Louise Bagshawe (now Mensch) who left Parliament and lives in NYC with her music industry husband, not Kwasi Kwarteng, either, but Savid Javid, who was appointed to replace the disgraced MP Maria Miller.  Javid has been mentioned several times at this blog and now with this new development, he is a promising rising star in the Tory constellation.

I was impressed with this bio on Javid at the Daily Mail:

Pride of place in the new Culture Secretary Sajid Javid’s ministerial office is a £1,000 limited edition print of Margaret Thatcher, which was released on her death.


The son of an immigrant  Pakistani who came to Britain in 1961 with just £1 in his pocket, Javid could not be further removed from the privileged lifestyles of David Cameron’s inner circle.

Javid, now 44, was born in Rochdale, the middle child of five sons. At the time, his father Abdul was working as a bus driver. Indeed, his father’s  willingness to work all hours earned him the nickname ‘Mr Night And Day’.


But his intelligence and drive ensured that he forged a stellar career in banking. At 24, he was the youngest vice-president of Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, and he later went to work as a director at Deutsche Bank.

When, in his late 30s, he decided to pursue his passion for Tory politics, he was earning £3million a year.

I am about to have a mid-life crisis!  I’ll finish this blog post after I lay down for a while…

Now that I am up again, I can only say that it appears Culture Minister Javid’s admiration for the Iron Lady is genuine.  He also seems to be interested in opportunity and some degree of fiscal sanity.  Maybe a Tea Party favorite in Whitehall?

To some extent it is sound politics to have a Muslim and one who is eminently qualified for the job to be a Tory Cabinet Minister.  And it is already being speculated that Javid might sit behind the desk that his heroine Thatcher did:  In Number 10 Downing Street!

Already some Tories are  speculating that Javid’s portrait will one day hang on the same wall as Margaret Thatcher’s on the Downing Street Prime Ministers’ staircase.

I would be even more impressed if he could find a way to abolish his ministry!  Or at least deep cuts.  No national government needs a culture and sports minister.  But can he beat UKIP?  Only if he is a serious euroskeptic.  I am not ready to come back to the Tories but they are the Thatcher party and I have to respect that.





About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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