It will be 75 years next spring since the death of Karol Szymanowski. His house in the mountain resort of Zakopane has fallen into disrepair and the museum authorities in Poland cannot afford the cost of restoration.
Along comes Brussels with a cheque for half a million Euros, two-thirds of the amount required.
I’m not sure that’s an appropriate use of public, community funds. Surely every nation should be responsible for its own heritage? I don’t see the custodians of the Elgar house in Worcester or the Ravel birthplace at Cibourre going abroad with a begging-bowl. This looks like Euro pork-barrel politics at its worst – a deal with Warsaw at a time when every cent ought to count.