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''We're getting it wrong in the arts, aren't we?' said Blair to an informant of mine the other night. 'Is it a question of money?' No, Prime Minister, not just money. What the arts need more than a few million is a sign of care and attention, an assurance that they matter to the people that matter - for what they are, rather than for what they can earn.' Norman Lebrecht. Daily Telegraph, 20.5.98

'The fact that Tony Blair was, we learn, 'deeply moved' when he went to Richard Eyre's King Lear hardly disposes of the point that the entire thrust of his Government's political strategy requires it to be seen with Noel Gallagher.' Hugo Young. Guardian, 21.5.98

'In a foreword, Chris Smith thanks his advisers for helping him write Creative Britain. For prose like that, I would take them out to a deserted sculpture park and shoot them.' David Hare. Observer, 24.5.98

'In England the Arts Council is always 'in turmoil'. Like trendy vicars, senile judges, blind referees and drunken journalists, the phrase is woven into the gaiety of the nation.' Richard Morrison. The Times, 22.5.98

'You must never bloody well mention architecture, because people think it holds things up or it costs money.' Roland Paoletti, chief architect for London Underground's Jubilee Line extension. Evening Standard, 19.5.98

'. . . for PFI read Philistine Finance Initiative.' Jonathan Glancey. Guardian, 25.5.98

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