I REFER to Jake Berry’s reported comments regarding “subsidy addicted artists”. It is a curious remark about groups who apply for funding of projects to private and public organisations. In many cases this is the only income on which they can survive.
His ire appears to be aimed at a group of artists in the north east. But there are many local societies and charitable organisations who find it necessary to apply for funds (subsidies as he calls them), in order to survive, such as: the scouts, Mind, Cancer Research, and social enterprises, to name a few. Would he accuse them of being subsidy addicted?
Indeed, some exceptionally rich landowners, many of whom support his party, gain significant subsidies in the form of tax relief. Would he declare them to be subsidy addicted?
It is a simple fact that, owing to the cuts in public spending, resourceful groups are given no option but to employ this method of support in order to achieve their goals.
I believe his comments to be of a cavalier and populist nature, entirely inappropriate for an elected member, especially for a Minister of The Crown, albeit a junior one. MF Cruise via email