Dame Liz Forgan is in her final days as chair of Arts Council England. She was the first to draw a salary – all previous chairmen having taken on the stressful job as an act of public benefice.
Liz is throwing a farewell party for herself. The Daily Mail reports it was going to cost the taxpayer £12,000. After media protests, the ACE has cut the bill back to £8,000.
Can Liz and her colleagues not see how bloated this looks? Not just to an economy in crisis, but to an arts sector where every 10 pence piece is weighed and measured before it is spent? How much more anecdotal evidence do politicians need before they investigate the ACE?
When she took the job I warned Liz, a successful media executive, that she would not come out of it well. I am sorry to see that prediction fulfilled.