Published 01/11/2007 | 10:04
I cannot understand how Peter Robinson can be proposing to reduce arts spending by £3m in the next two years and at the same time claiming that the Executive's priorities include increasing access to culture, arts and leisure to promote Northern Ireland and 'growing creative industries sector by up to 15% by 2011'.
Already the poor relation in the UK and Ireland with per capita spend half of what it is in other regions, this latest proposal for arts expenditure is a declaration that Northern Ireland is the last bastion of philistinism.
If the Executive wishes to support the arts, then the budget should implement the decision taken by the Assembly and give us parity with the rest of the UK, otherwise withdraw all funding rather than leave the sector to die the death of a thousand cuts.
Will Chamberlain, Belfast Community Circus School