Shock, horror: More Brits do art than sport

Shock, horror: More Brits do art than sport


norman lebrecht

September 15, 2011

A new Government survey reveals an alarming decline in traditional British activities.

Of 14,102 people polled by the Department of Culture Media and Sport, only 71.7 percent admitted to taking part in a sporting activity as part of their leisure pursuits. For the land that invented most ball games, that’s a shocking droop.

Against this display of decadence, a full 73.7 percent had listened to music, 42.3 percent had visited a theatre or concert.

Even more dispiriting, the number of those who confessed to playing an instrument had shot up from 0.6 percent to 10.5 percent.

I have written to the Prime Minister, calling for a public inquiry.

At this rate England will not be able to field a team at the next World Cup and tabloid newspapers will have nothing to publish.

Here‘s a link to the full report.