Mudcat Café message #820614 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #53071   Message #820614
Posted By: The Shambles
07-Nov-02 - 06:57 AM
Thread Name: kim howells does it again (PEL)
Subject: RE: kim howells does it again
Why do we need an ANNUAL Turner prize when every year we have the same exhibits, each one titled "The Emperor's New Clothes".


On that subject, I wrote a letter containing the following to Dr Howells (via my MP, on 5th August. He has still to reply.

I am reminded of the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes. On discovery, which option is the sillier? To continue to strut about naked, or to try and recover some dignity, put some clothes on and try to really improve an unfortunate situation for everyone? Dr Howells may find that if he stopped dismissing every genuine concern and sensible suggestion that is made to him, or stopped using these as an excuse for a light hearted comment, he may find some support, rather than continued to be attacked on all fronts. Many supporters of this Government, who trusted that this reform would address the many difficulties presented by the outdated concept and enforcement of blanket licensing of all but, only live music making, feel their trust was misplaced.