Read again the Arts Council justification for stripping English National Opera of one-third of its funding:
‘In spite of the indisputably ambitious quality of work and the important role this company plays in developing talent, ENO has struggled to reach box office targets and to achieve long-term stability.’
Question: Who was the chairman of ENO during the period when it ‘ struggled to reach box office targets and to achieve long-term stability’?
Answer: The same person who is now chairman of Arts Council England.
One of the reasons ENO failed to meet its targets was because its board chairman took his eye off the ball to pursue a higher office.
Elephant, thy name is Peter Bazalgette.