The chief executive of the Royal Opera House writes….well, don\’t bother to read it, I\’ll give you a precis.
We\’re special, the arts, so we deserve more tax money.
That\’s pretty much it. No mention of the way in which the entire State arts budget is simply a subsidy from the non-metropolitan poor to the metropolitan upper middle classes, providing large amounts of indoor work with no heavy lifting to anyone who can package a grant proposal together.
My solution? Abolish the Arts Council altogether and have no public subsidy at all. If you want to watch a fat bird sing or a thin bird dance then come up with dosh yourself.