I gave evidence to Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into The Funding of the Arts and Heritage. I was critical of the overall direction that arts funding has taken, especially the instrumentalism of economic outputs and social and political priorities. But I did find myself strongly defending the Arts Council as the preferable system and so it does not become a scapegoat for wider dissatisfaction in the arts sector.
You can watch the session online here. We start at about 1:10 minutes in.
The fiery David Lee of Jackdaw Magazine gave some brilliant examples of waste and cronyism, and the prolific cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht continued the filleting of the Arts Council and spoke about the likely consequences of cuts to orchestras outside London.
Click here for an account from Norman.