British Culture Minister: Art For Art’s Sake

Tessa Jowell, the British Secretary of State for Culture, will “pledge tomorrow to roll back decades of Whitehall antipathy by asserting that culture and the arts are fundamental human rights. In a reversal of the post-war obsession with using culture as a tool of social policy – in tackling crime, boosting educational standards and regenerating rundown cities – Ms Jowell will make a surprising plea for art for art’s sake.”