steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

My People Humble People Who Expect Nothing

This morning's Today piece on the new Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate contained an interesting statistic. I'd often suspected this in my paranoid way, but the truth turns out to be even more skewed than I'd thought.

According to the BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz, the amount of money London gets for its art institutions and museums from the national pot is £70 per head of population (which works out at about £525 million total). The rest of England, where 85% of the population live, gets £4.60 per head (a total of about £178 million).

Even John Humphrys sounded shocked.
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