Last July I was an early supporter of the campaign to Save the UK Film Council. Over 55,000 people on Facebook alone signed up to oppose the closure. Of course the Conservative led government did not listen and pushed ahead without consulting. I received a quick but dismissive response to my representations at the time. I read today in the Independent a report which confirmed my concerns at the time.
The House of Commons cross party Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, headed by Conservative John Whittingdale MP criticised the winding up of the UK Film Council, which it stated was “handled very badly by the Government”.
The Independent says:
The report’s conclusion said: “We would not expect a decision with such significant implications for the film industry to be sprung on the UK Film Council with little discussion or consultation. “It is extremely regrettable that a film-maker of the stature of Tim Bevan has, as a result, decided to take no further part in Government-sponsored initiatives.”
There is a consistent pattern here. Cuts are made rapidly for ideological reasons not with consideration for what is best for the British economy and best for British society.
The campaign to Save the UK Film Council was lost to an ideologically driven government that did not listen. This message needs to be widely circulated for future campaigns as Britain cuts further and faster than any other comparable country.