Scotch mist:
The Scotsman newspaper is on the case of this week’s vapourous cultural-industries report from Scotland…

“To judge by this week’s uninspiring and indecisive cultural review document from the Scottish Executive, Jack McConnell and his ministers, despite all their fine words about making creativity central to the Scotland of the future, seem not to have grasped that this can only happen if the work of our artists is recognised, celebrated, enjoyed and adequately funded, rather than being constantly destabilised by the top-down structural tinkering of the very government that should be its chief patron and champion. Why the Executive has taken such a sluggish and ambiguous attitude to this outstandingly successful area of the nation’s life is another story. But it should note that the nation that kicks its cultural life into touch, that allows it to stagnate and to lose dynamism, risks losing more than its artistic reputation. It also loses the ability to see itself as a nation fit for the age we live in. That failure weakens and disempowers every citizen within its borders; until such time as the pendulum swings again, and creative people once more begin to write, sing, paint, play and invent their way out of an old world, and into the new.”