The chairman of Arts Council England has just buried the last vestiges of its former independence.
Sir Nicholas Serota has specified that the minister responsible for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport issued a specific instruction to the ACE on where its money was, and was not, to be spent.
The Council has redefined itself as a rubber stamp.
Serota did not specify which Secretary of State issued the order. Pictured here is Michelle Donelan, who is quite new to the job.