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Let's hear it from the paper shufflers

November 26, 2010 by Norman Lebrecht

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Arts Council England, shambolic and barely coherent, are demanding a right of reply to my Standpoint essay proposing a root-and-branch reform of arts funding.

I shall post their letter here once it appears in print, but the tactic will be, as usual, more a matter of collective vindication than of substantive debate.
My essay has been for the past 24 hours the most-read article on the Standpoint site and I am told that its arguments have been received by the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and others in government. Let Dame Liz and poor Alan Davey have their say. It is a shame they have to fiddle around with face-saving phrases while the arts are suffering slash and burn.

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