Open Democracy questions the need for the DCMS to exist, and throws up an interesting new statistic on the measured worth of the creative industries…

“the DCMS has […] quietly chopped down the stated value of the creative industries in the UK — for which it has policy responsibility — from £59 billion a year to £36 billion. Apparently, this was a statistical correction, occasioned by removing consulting and software programming from the definition of creative industries.”

Even after the revision the figures are probably questionable, due to to the inherently fuzzy methods of counting that I’ve often pointed to on D’log. I guess the measured worth and employment statistics of the UK creative industries might best be though of a bit a like a rhubarb crumble – a huge and impossibly tangled mess of delicious gloopy fruitiness, hiding under a thin crusty surface of glittering statistics.