I was amused at faux BBC anger at the news that Luvvies are to be denied sticking their noses in the public trough to quite the extent has been the case in the past decade or more. I’m figuring that interpretative dance and endless plays endorsing left-wing hysteria is just one luxury we will have to go without…

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5 Responses to OH, THE PHILISTINES!

  1. Span Ows says:

    Sorry for so many typos! :-[


  2. David Preiser (USA) says:

    There was a segment on the News Channel earlier with representatives from two different theater groups who rely heavily on government funding.  One organization was still receiving funds under the new scheme, while the other was cut off.  The guy from the group still getting public money was allowed to justify his organization’s parasitical existence by saying that they created jobs.

    “Public sector jobs?” was what the Beeboid doing the interview naturally did not say in response.

    BBC Economis 101:  Public sector = the economy.


  3. Bupendra Bhakta says:

    On Eddie Mair’s show there was quite a lengthy slot broadcast from a theatre in Frome.  (No, I don’t know where that is either.) 

    It was the day the theatre staff were finding out the future of their grant monies.  There was some cod suspense – she’s switching on her computer, she’s clicking on the email, ahe’s reading the email, and… the grant’s been stopped.

    Some cod bathos as albeeb tried to get the money shot – ‘you look close to tears’.

    ‘Oh’, said the theatre director, ‘I suppose we should look for  benefactors…. patrons’.  And later, ‘We’re starting to think about our fund-raising campaign’.  I thought, ‘You’ve been there ten years, love, you could have started thinking about your fund-raising campaign in 1991.’

    The theatre will have to shift from a BBC model where the truck pulls up every year with £3.2 billion (or in this theatre’s case, £113,000) to a BskyB model, where they have to go out and get their own money.  They will find that their attitude towards providing the public what the public wants, their attitude to needless expenditure, and their attitude to how hard they think they should work will all change markedly.

    This theatre is actually the public sector writ small.

    Their was no particular ‘bias’ or axe-grinding within the segment itself – but of course they could have sent their production team to the offices of one of the big management consultancy firms to hear a tale of woe about their reduced government business, or perhaps the Diversity Department of a quango.

    But naah, expect a Chinese water torture drip drip drip of stories on the cuts and how dreadful they are.


  4. As I See It says:

    Busy mixing politics, art and news…

    BBC London News (with impartiality in their genes?) putting a shout out to the anti-cuts demonstrators.



  5. George R says:

    INBBC won’t like this:

    [Opening extract] –

    “In an interesting development at the militantly anti-Zionist London Review of Books (LRB), the magazine is no longer to receive funding from the UK Arts Council’s regular donor programme. This follows years of campaigning by a variety of individuals and organisations, most notably in the last couple of years by the media monitoring watchdog Just Journalism, who have berated the Arts Council for channeling public funds into an agenda driven media outlet.”

    by Robin Shepherd.