Sunday 2 March 2003

Edinburgh favoured over Glasgow?

I don't believe that the arts should be subsidised by government.

There are calls for Glasgow to get a better deal than it receives under the current arrangements:

Currently, although 30% of the one million items in Glasgow's collection are of international importance, the council receives no direct contribution from government towards its annual £17m running costs. By contrast, the national museums, galleries and libraries in Edinburgh receive more than £30m.

The nine most popular of Glasgow's museums also attract two million visitors each year -- 800,000 from overseas -- while the Edinburgh nationals attract fewer than 500,000.

Privatise the lot, I say. But in the meantime I agree that Glasgow is being treated unfairly and, yes, I am writing from Edinburgh!