The Guardian today runs what must be the 30th article we have seen about the failure of UK leaders to take an interest in culture. (I may have written three or four of them myself).
The Guardian’s premise is that we presently have the most philistine government in modern times.
Unfortunately, that’s untrue. It so happens that both the chancellor of the exchequer and the justice minister, George Osborne and Michael Gove, were seen at Wagner’s Ring this summer.
Not at Bayreuth (the last UK cabinet member seen there was probably Lord Young).
A Tory minister pays for his own tickets to Wagner’s Ring at unsbsidised Longborough.