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TORIES SLAM 'DISMAL' CULTURE PLANS FOR LONDON

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Conservative shadow minister for local government, Richard Ottaway, has slammed the government's proposals for Lond...
Conservative shadow minister for local government, Richard Ottaway, has slammed the government's proposals for Londons culture as 'dismally inadequate.' Mr Ottaway said:

'The provisions in the Greater London Bill for Londons world-renowned cultural heritage is a victory of bureaucracy over London democracy. Professionals and experts in the fields of culture, media and sports should have a greater role in advising the mayor on his strategy.'

The government's plans make the Cultural Strategy Group (CSG) merely a discussion group within a talking shop. This adds to the myriad of bureaucratic committees involved in the administration of cultural activities in London. These plans will allow the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to dominate London-based culture through their bizarre and unintelligible funding. Mr Ottaway added:

'We have proposed that the responsibility for funding Londons culture is placed with the mayor and assembly in concert with the CSG. This will give the CSG the kind of influence and power that London needs in order to co-ordinate the cultural life of the capital with a far greater degree of clarity, foresight and accountability.'
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