A small fact to chew upon on the last working day before the Government axe falls, for a second time, on British arts.
The German capital, Berlin, provivdes just under one billion Euros in annual arts subsidies.
The British Government disbursed £1.04 billion last year through Arts Council England, but is cutting that sum year by year. It now threatens a further 15 percent cut, which would leave a country of 60 million with less to spend on the arts than a city of 3.5 million.
Absurd? You could say that….
We have long argued for structural reform in arts funding and for the abolition of the ACE, presently headed by the Tory crony, Peter Bazalgette.
But to cut state support for an activity that delivers at least four times as much in foreign revenue alone as it receive in public grant would be a shot in the foot of one of the few viable growth sectors in British industry.
To cut the arts now would be a victory for party ideology over national interest. Go on, then, David Cameron. Crucify the arts.