Why Can’t Politicians Pick Good Art?

Scotland has a new Parliament building, and amidst all the talk of cost overruns and such, some brave sould have dared to broach the subject of how the place ought to be decorated. An MP named Stone was placed in charge of “a committee to acquire art for the new building, and the results are now on view. It is not much. James Stone’s committee did ask the main committee… for £3 million. They were given a derisory £250,000 to spend. This mean-spirited decision was both a failure of courage and of imagination.”