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Philip Booth appears on The Jeremy Vine Show

Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on The Jeremy Vine show to discuss arts funding.

In the interview Philip argues that the arts would be better off if we didn’t finance them through the public purse. Throughout the last 300 years there’s been a real tradition in the UK of the arts, not only standing on their own two feet and being privately funded, but also being financed by those who consume the arts. That has led to culture being much more deeply embedded in our society than would have otherwise been the case. Subsidised art is mainly available to the elite and non-subsidised art is embedded within the community.

Listen to the full interview here. Philip’s segment starts at 29:13