Happy 50th Birthday, National Theatre, and Many Happy Subsidies

I wish the National Theatre a very happy 50th birthday. To me, it is what subsidy is all about. It could have been a staid presenter of the classics of the English stage. Instead it has encouraged new writing and the discovery of non-English work. It has been challenging and experimental. Given the opportunity not… Continue reading Happy 50th Birthday, National Theatre, and Many Happy Subsidies

Did The City Of London Kill The High Street?

I thought I’d solved the mystery of who murdered the high street. Then an article in Money Week came up with a new prime suspect. Matthew Lynn’s view is that it’s not the government, local councils, landlords or even the slump in consumer spending. He blames the City. His reasoning certainly explains the anomaly of… Continue reading Did The City Of London Kill The High Street?