From the absurd to the ridiculous

From the absurd to the ridiculous


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2010

I’ve just heard that Arts Council England has rushed forward an important initiative from next week to tomorrow. The announcement is its ten-year strategy for arts funding in England, a work three years in preparation and – I am reliably informed – hardly changed to take in the strategic effects of deep cuts to the Council itself. What began as an altogether quixotic exercise in navel-gazing now has all the comic realism of Alice in Wonderland.

Hammered and humiliated in the government’s spending review, reduced to a laughing stock by the House of Commons culture committee, Liz Forgan and Alan Davey are bustling around trying to save their self-worth in the only way they know – behind a mountain of otiose paper.
Save the forests, ACE, and start working on a real plan for the next 12 months.