Yesterday Simon Heffer (Simon Heffer for Prime Minister!…..except he’s unsound on drugs – he doesn’t want them legalised) said this in the Daily Telegraph.
Every school child will be “entitled” to “five hours of culture per week through school, and vast shagloads of money (some hundreds of millions) are to be spent on “People’s Ecological Street-Dance-Theatre” type projects, and “Avant-Garde” films including a setup to produce more.
For those of you who went to sleep in about 1940 and have just woken up, “avant-garde” films are badly-shot films about not very interesting stuff, in which everybody has emotional problems and then they all die; the cuts are unsteady and very long, the film “grosses” £1,549.60 in Islington, it goes straight to the bin, not straight to DVD, the characters are “tormented by challenging emotions” (and then they all die) and then they all die – or at least those with whom you most sympathised. And of course the West is to blame, chiefly America, and it’s all about oil or homophobia.
Even Hollywood makes appreciable amounts of this pointlessly self-regarding shite, mainly because the producers:
(a) live under the American Missile Umbrella, so it’s never raining where they are, and
(b) it’s a good way (if you’re rich) to show how (very NOT George W Bushitler-Halliburton) you are, and how (very NOT trailer-trash redneck) you are.
The thesis as read by me out of it is that Gordon is trying to do two things;
(1) pretend to be on the side of uplifting high culture, as a way to mitigate the effect of useless socialist state schools, in their national-curriculum-syllabus-directed mass-production of completely deculturalised teenagers,
(2) give lots of extra employment to luvvies who will then continue to vote for you, in return for paying them to make politically-correct cultural objects so that they can feel important.
The problem is that Brown is confusing “culture” with Culture.
Culture has objective value, whereas “culture” is subjectively defined by the socialist ruling elite, in accordance with what they want what they used to call (while at “Uni”) “the masses”, to think, believe and emulate.
All real socialists end up by nationalising and therefore corrupting culture, art and private creative achievement. Marxism-Leninism showed the way in Russia. Distribution of the products of the graphic arts was poor before then, so that’s when the buggers really got going on the world. Hitler, a most energetic and self-admitted socialist, did the same in what I like to term R-3 (R-x….R-whatever-you-want….R-3 is not the first or the last in this series of murdertroid imperialist structures.)
What Brown’s “initiative” will achieve is in effect the nationalisation of art and culture in Britain. I wonder what they’ll do, since we have no smoking-chimney-factories, nor even farms of any note any more, in which to depict craggy-visaged workers, er, working?