Oddly, the story that the British Council plans to cut 500 jobs seems to have had almost no coverage beyond obscure titles such as Personnel Today and Crain’s Manchester Business News

“the British Council, which promotes the UK overseas, announced that it intended to reduce its staff by between 400-500 jobs — about one-third of the organisation — over the next two years.”

So where does that leave the plan of last July, to scrap the restructuring and double the arts budget? Was it all just smoke and spin?