Cultural treasures worth more than £103 million have been lost to the nation because Britain cannot afford to keep them, a report has disclosed.
Between 2012 and 2013, historical objects and famous paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso and Raphael were sent out of the country.
Although attempts were made to save the pieces, sufficient funds could not be raised, the report from the Arts Council has said.
So these things belonged to the nation then, did they? You know, before they were lost to it?
A Picasso, a Raphael, a Flemish manuscript? These are in some manner so British that they are not private property?