Investment? Pah!

Grr, Grr. This really does annoy me, the pabulum we are feed about "investment" in the arts:

Government investment in the arts is to be boosted over the next three years, with the announcement yesterday of an extra £50 millon for Arts Council England by 2011. The funding body’s grant will rise from £417 million this year to £467 million in 2010-11.

It\’s not bloody investment, it\’s current spending. Furthermore, it\’s not sensible current spending. It\’s the bribe that the Statists pay to the luvvies and artsy types to keep such opinion formers onside, keep them supporting the State that feeds them.

This though is even more wankeriffic:

Simon Thurley, its chief executive, said: “What they seem to have said is that the Government’s priority is museums and the Arts Council.

“Yet we know that heritage is virtually the nation’s favourite hobby. Many more people visit heritage sites than museums and galleries or football matches, yet it’s starved of funds.”

If you get more people than visit football matches, why not try charging these people for what they obviously want to see? Like, err, football matches do?

The argument that you get lots of punters isn\’t an argument in favour of more subsidy: it\’s an argument in favour of less, moron!

8 comments on “Investment? Pah!

  1. Ditto on Mark’s question, I thought museums and galleries would count as heritage sites because they are full of bits of our cultural heritage, you know statues, paintings, other old stuff.

  2. I have no idea why the taxpayer should pay for people to visit museums – if the artwork is good enough and attracts so many visitors, they can charge an admission fee. Let’s see if the Arts Council can survive without enormous subsidies.

  3. I would have thought that Stonehenge would be a fine example of a ‘heritage site’, and they charge admission to that. (I didn’t pay; I’m a member of the National Trust, and pay up front for my dose of culture.) The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro charges admission, as does the Darlington Railway Museum (although the latter also takes a hefty slice of my council tax).

  4. Even with the subsidies, I can’t afford to go to the Opera in London. But thanks to the wonders of cheap flights, I can in Berlin.

  5. A little help for a culturally deprived yank-what is a “punter”?

    Tim adds: Root meaning is someone who bets (to punt, to bet) but in this case customers as a subsidiary meaning.

  6. “Even with the subsidies, I can’t afford to go to the Opera in London. But thanks to the wonders of cheap flights, I can in Berlin.”

    The opera in Berlin is not subsidised?

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