Headline in Rupert Murdoch’s Australian outlet today: Australia’s biggest taxpayer rip-off: Is it time for the fat lady to sing?
Headline in Murdoch’s London Times today: Taxpayer’s bill for English Opera hits £155,000 a show.
Do we catch the drift?
The Aussie article argues: Is opera the ultimate waste of public money? We give them big sums, but not many people actually attend. I have nothing against opera as an art form — I have been and enjoyed it. I support arts funding in general. But opera is just one genre of live music and we’re clearly putting too much money into it.
The English one claims: The cost to the taxpayer of each English National Opera performance has risen to £155,000 after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts. The figure, an increase from £112,000 of subsidy for each show last season…
Since when was opera a value-for-money proposition?
And who’s stoking the flames of rampant philistinism?