I'm a right-winger, and proud of it. I stand for small government, low taxes and a free market economy. This is not because it produces the best growth statistics or the best living conditions (although it helps), but because it offers the most freedom to succeed or fail to all individuals.
Having said that, I do not stand for a society where people are left to fend for themselves if they're not able to find employment, or they're disabled, or they're really struggling despite trying.
It is completely understandable that many people presume that the Rally Against Debt is a movement of self-interested. "Cut the services, cut our taxes, fuck the poor". Fortunately, that's not what it's about at all.
Recently, we heard the news that the government was cutting Arts Council funding by 30%, and naturally we got the same outrage that we get with every single spending cut:
"With this level of cuts, and the pressure on local authority budgets, museums, galleries and community projects across the country will fear for their future."
- Ivan Lewis MP
So, with this kind of response, we'd imagine that the left would be happy to support any funding which the arts can find to shore up the gap, as it protects jobs, preserves the quality of the arts and supports artists' contributions to society?
Well, no, actually.
The Tate Modern has had sponsorship from BP Oil since 1990, but as oil is one of the few things lefties hate more than the coalition government, they're staging protests against the funding, some of which involve throwing oil around and damaging the Tate's property.
Another involved gathering in a circle and spraying oil all around the entrance to the Tate, damaging property and causing a potential safety hazard.
Jane Trowell of Platform said:
"We hope that, as happened with the tobacco industry, it will soon come to be seen as socially unacceptable for cultural institutions to accept funding from Big Oil."
Taxpayers' money in the arts is good, private money in the arts is bad?
As we can see, once again, the far-left don't really care about the arts, it's just another play thing for them to use against the private sector to promote their big-state ideology.