Guardian’s ‘chorus of disapproval’ against ENO chiefs is misplacedmain
The newspaper has published an editorial that objects to the planned cuts in the chorus of English National Opera.
It likens the chorus singers to hospital doctors who are on strike today against an unfounded Government assault on their working hours and practices.
It adds: in both the NHS and the ENO, those in charge are making the same mistake. The goodwill of those who make the NHS and the ENO the institutions they are is being put at risk by picking on the people who provide the service. To restore harmony we need a chorus of disapproval against such mismanagement.
Well intentioned as it maybe, the editorial is simplistic, verging on Corbynistic.
Setting the NHS issue to one side, the ENO problem is not any ‘such mismanagement’. It is, if anything an excess of management, or meddling, by the company’s executives, its lacklustre board and a vindictive, unaccountable Arts Council England that wants to punish present administrators for the sins of their predecessors.
What ENO needs is not a chorus of disapproval but a show of support for its survival. Any disapproval should be directed not at the present managers but at the ACE, led by ENO’s former chairman.
Oddly, those culprits are not mentioned in the Guardian’s one-eyed editorial.