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!