Guardian Line of the DayJanuary 12, 2008 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch4 Comments But this lesson in the unfairness of economics is now spreading to entertainment. Mark Lawson. previousSimone de Beauvoirnext$ 8 Glasses 4 thoughts on “Guardian Line of the Day” Surreptitious Evil January 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm Tim, Got a 404 on that link. Try here. Surreptitious Evil January 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm And what? For certain shows, British theatres could clearly operate a similar system, although not the subsidised buildings, because places paid for by the state must maintain a pretence of availability to all, as even London’s notoriously elitist opera houses have been forced to acknowledge in recent years. While I appreciate that it is entirely justifiable to suggest that organisations receiving public funds should have some or even most seats available at “reasonable” prices (your definition of reasonable and mine may be very different, of course), why shouldn’t the best seats, even the best 25%, be sold off at an appropriate maximal market rate? That would, potentially (although I doubt it would happen in practice – once the fingers are in the public wallet it is hard to get them out) reduce the requirement for subsidy in future years. It would stop them being given free to journalists and poliscoundrels, after all. Tim Almond January 12, 2008 at 1:17 pm “Chris Rock’s finances probably would not be affected but subsidised theatres cannot afford to be fleeced at a time when their income stream is being dammed in another way.” Apart from the fact that they’re not being fleeced (the touts are simply adding value that they’re ignoring), why are we subsidising art that people will clearly pay over the face value for? Kay Tie January 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm Another New Labour corruption of the language. The word “fair” now means “you’re going to get dinged for another tax, levy or charge”. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.