The “Creative Industries” Aren’t Industries

“The financial power of the creative industries … was the subject of a report from the Work Foundation published the day before the change of premiers,” Mark Lawson writes. The foundation “encourages us to view (government) handouts (to cultural powerhouses) as ‘investment’ rather than ‘subsidy’. Yet it’s still startling to read arguments applied to the arts that few politicians or lobbyists would now dare invoke in relation to railways, telecommunications or post.”