Serious question over arts cash

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From: Diana M Priestley, Fixby Road, Huddersfield.

I QUESTION the usefulness of the responses “yes” or “no” in some of your Questions of the Day.

Clearly, the question “Do you think Ed Balls is odious?” would only require a yes or no, but “Should more public money be spent on the arts?” needs a more searching response.

The huge response to saving the Macclesfield Psalter, a truly English piece of work, full of hilarious detail, or the popularity of the Hepworth in Wakefield would show that there is a large public interest in the arts, whilst Tracey Emin’s bed is recalled with dismay by most people.

This is a very wide subject which needs proper discussion.

Class clown

From: Roger M Dobson, Ash Street, Crosshills, Keighley.

I AM sure that by now Mr Cameron knows that he has got a lot of plonkers and clowns in his government. One of the greatest offenders has got to be the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. He is so much out of touch with reality it is untrue.

False start

From: Andrew Mercer, Guiseley.

FAIR play to the journalist on BBC Five Live who commentated on the denouement of the Great Britain curling team’s play-off win on Tuesday morning. He knew the rules and captured the excitement of the moment.

What a contrast to the TV highlights later in the evening and Steve Cram who appeared to have little understanding of the sport. Just what is this one-time runner doing in a BBC commentary box? Tom Richmond is right (Yorkshire Post, February 15), broadcasting standards have slipped.