cutswatch

via the Guardian

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It’s hard to believe that a national U.K. newspaper should have to set up such a page – fed by the readers – about the coalition government cuts in arts and culture. Let’s hope the newspaper does a little better in some serious reporting on what is really happening and do a better job than when supporting Nick Clegg’s political machinations at the election. In the previous Tory reign there was a curious thematic mainstream support of the ‘Arts’ through ministers like Heseltine and Palumbo – old style cultural libertarians, but will this time around see them so liberal-minded?
Cutswatch is a negative strategy for a leading daily publication which should be vigorously championing, not just dealing in user content. The news for many engaged in daily artistic practices will be elsewhere.
The actual cuts are very evenly spread with low percentage reductions across the A-Z listings of organisations – this does not look sustainable, so it should get interesting when the real story emerges. Anyone getting the financial support won’t be complaining publicly about anything……just yet!

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