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Why politicians fight shy of campaigning on the arts

Publié par Clifford Armion le 28/04/2010

Charlotte Higgins

""What kind of petty-minded person would put the cultural comforts of the middle classes ahead of schools, jobs and the NHS? There is a world out there, arty people, and this election is about that world."

"It is in broad agreement with that view - that political policy on culture is peripheral at best - that politics operates. You can hunt hard to find politicians, those not directly in charge of cultural portfolios, speaking out on the arts. When Tony Blair spoke on the subject at Tate Modern in 2007, it was the only time he had addressed it at length. It is the same with the Tories: when George Osborne spoke about the arts at Tate Modern recently, it was an exceptional occurrence. And yet I've heard Gordon Brown talk passionately about literature to small audiences at book festivals; Jack Straw often attends concerts at the Royal Festival Hall; I've seen Ed Miliband enthuse about plays at the Royal Court. It's not that politicians as a breed are philistine; some have deep cultural hinterlands. They're just not very eager to own up to it."

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"Why politicians fight shy of campaigning on the arts", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2010. Consulté le 18/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/why-politicians-fight-shy-of-campaigning-on-the-arts