The saga of Maria Miller and her plans to gut funding for the arts in the UK continues. Today brings us this piece by John Kampfner in the Guardian: ‘The economics of the government’s approach makes no sense’.
An informal poll of my Twitter followers last night suggests that nobody wants these budget cuts.
When civilizations collapse, who is the first to be sacrificed? The poor, sick and disabled or the artists?
This comment from commenter Frances Smith resonated with me:
Since the protestant work ethic took hold, just as the uk stopped believing in god, people have got very puritanical. No one is allowed to have fun, unless they have worked very hard to get rich, including being born into the right family, which is harder work than you think.
So this miserablist view of the world, as the new feudalism takes hold, doesn’t believe that people should enjoy themselves through arts, no we should all be miserable, and work all day in poundland, and make sure our blinds are up in the morning so the neighbours won’t think we are scroungers.