Why England is the last to save its artsmain
Every other European country has delivered a rescue package for shuttered institutions and frustrated artists. In London, the authorities keep promising and never delivering.
Why is that?
1 Low priority, although Boris (to my certain knowledge) personally understands the importance of the arts and backed them vociferously when he was Mayor of London. Gove, too, is a vigorous supporter.
2 Too much firefighting on other fronts – we do have the worst Covid record in Europe.
3 There is no single person who can take the decision. Arts funding is nominally in the hands of Arts Council England, which needs approval from the Department of Culture Media and Sport, which passes the buck back to ACE, which kicks it up to DCMS… and so it goes.
I have argued for years against this pointless duplication of effort. Right now, it is literally killing the arts.
The Culture Secretary says he is working hard on a solution. In the interests of efficiency, he ought to be out of a job.
playing in Trafalgar Square, outside the DCMS