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Started by xbod72 on Oct 31, 2013 7:52:56 AM
Londoners get 70 quid of art spending each. The rest of the country, less than a fiver.

Will Gompertz ‏@WillGompertzBBC

A report out today shows that government-backed arts spending in London is £70 per head, and just £4.60 per head in the rest of England.

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WibbleAgain - 31 Oct 2013 08:16:49 (#1 of 56)

Sounds like nonsense to me. It's not as if London arts stuff is restricted to London residents, is it?

Meanwhile, Richmond-upon-Thames residents pay more Council tax than their counterparts in Westminster, and receive the lowest per capita govt grant in the country apart from Leicester:

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40892062.html

Life is not fair.

Salam8 - 31 Oct 2013 08:19:24 (#2 of 56)

London is a cultural centre, what do they expect?

WibbleAgain - 31 Oct 2013 08:21:56 (#3 of 56)

It's like saying any Town Centre has more arts funding per capita than in the sprawling countryside.

London is a cultural centre, what do they expect?

Make everywhere more like London, presumably. Or rather, make London more like everywhere else. Homogenise.

chillisauce - 31 Oct 2013 08:22:20 (#4 of 56)

How do I apply for my £70 worth?

xbod72 - 31 Oct 2013 08:22:36 (#5 of 56)

It's not as if London arts stuff is restricted to London residents, is it?



A fair comment...

... once we have teleportation technology.

machiavelli - 31 Oct 2013 08:23:58 (#6 of 56)

Given the crap in the Tate, they're not getting value for money.

WibbleAgain - 31 Oct 2013 08:24:39 (#7 of 56)

#4

Quite right. Give everyone £70 by direct debit and let them spend it on whatever arts they like, without leaving home.

Salam8 - 31 Oct 2013 08:30:10 (#8 of 56)

It's too early in the morning to write a reasonable post and I need to get going but I have plenty to say on this subject!

WibbleAgain - 31 Oct 2013 08:31:03 (#9 of 56)

Why bother to write a reasonable post any time of the day? Just shoot from the hip. It's the internet.

xbod72 - 31 Oct 2013 08:31:48 (#10 of 56)

No, no, I want to hear it.

WibbleAgain - 31 Oct 2013 08:32:59 (#11 of 56)

The whole world* goes to London for the culture. What more needs to be said?

*Those who can hack it.

xbod72 - 31 Oct 2013 08:37:38 (#12 of 56)

Counter-argument could then be that - with tourist money rolling in - it could sustain itself.

Y'know I'm not sure that I'd say the whole country should get the same, but blimey - a ratio of more than 14:1! There are other cities.

WibbleAgain - 31 Oct 2013 08:39:45 (#13 of 56)

Have you done studies of other cities, xbod? I bet Edinburgh gets hefty arts fundings, for example.

WibbleAgain - 31 Oct 2013 08:42:22 (#14 of 56)

Counter-argument could then be that - with tourist money rolling in - it could sustain itself.

It's the other way round, xbod: without the arts there'll be no tourism in London. Apart from the Chinese (it used to be the Japanese), nobody goes to London for the designer-label shopping. People go to London either to make money or for the arts, paying through the nose all the while.

SlasherBindman - 31 Oct 2013 08:44:32 (#15 of 56)

Remember that London is very remote for most of the UK population.

RosyLovelady - 31 Oct 2013 08:45:52 (#16 of 56)

Yes, well most of the UK is remote for Londoners, and others. Of course HS2 will change all that,

Flounceur - 31 Oct 2013 08:56:20 (#17 of 56)

Given the crap in the Tate, they're not getting value for money.

Call that art? My 3 year old could do better! LOL.

Moschops - 31 Oct 2013 08:57:18 (#18 of 56)

a ratio of more than 14:1! There are other cities.

Yes but it's not comparing London to other cities, just to the rest of England apparently.

Though (waves at spara) the ROH can fuck off for starters.

WibbleAgain - 31 Oct 2013 09:02:01 (#19 of 56)

Well, people in rural areas get ££££ per capita in farming subsidies; people who live next to airports get ££££ per capita in infra structure subsidies; and people who live next to nuclear power plants, by God, do they get ££££££ per capita in subsidies!

Oh, and people who live in the West End obviously get £££££££ per capita in opera subsidies.

Moschops - 31 Oct 2013 09:04:50 (#20 of 56)

Food, Travel, Power, Opera. The 4 essentials of modern living.

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