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'There has to come a point, and we are very close to it, when we say as a nation, 'Do we want institutions like the v&a to function as the national memory?' If we want them we have to pay for them. The bloodstream of the nation should not rely on a game of chance to fund it.' v&a director Dr Alan Borg on government cuts in arts funding. Guardian, 6.2.98

'No-one expected Labour to repair years of injustice overnight. But even a symbolic gesture would have been welcomed . . . It is not a question of elitism; it is a matter of making the best of the present and the past available to everyone. If the arts world is filled with disillusion, it is because the Labour Party has failed to grasp that simple truth.' Michael Billington. Guardian, 7.2.98

'The notion that Britain can suddenly develop retrospective moral scruples about the lottery is absurd. Three years ago we struck a Faustian pact with some hard-nosed businessmen who said that they could devise a blissfully troublefree way of pouring billions into 'good causes'. In its early days the lottery was described as 'the icing on the cake'. Very soon it will be the cake, the whole cake, and nothing but the cake.' Richard Morrison. Times, 6.2.98

'In a way, the whole of the Renaissance was a tie-up, wasn't it, between architecture, sculpture and painting? That's why it was so marvellous. They've just got very far apart at the moment.' Sir Anthony Caro talking to Hugh Pearman. Sunday Times, 8.2.98

'I sit in it when I'm feeling down and suddenly everything seems right again.' Prof Christopher Frayling on his Rietveld Red-Blue chair. Guardian, 7.2.98

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