The writer and lecturer Frank Furedi discussess how music is used and how the idiots in government see music as a tool rather than as an aesthetic pleasure
Extract: "Such appeals to pragmatism obscure the fact that there are far more philistine forces at work in the debate about art and truth today. The idea of Truth lacks cultural affirmation and authority. That is why another recent UK secretary of state for education, Charles Clarke, was able to dismiss ‘the medieval concept of a community of scholars seeking truth’ as a ‘bit dodgy’. That is, he thinks universities need to update themselves and get with the times. The description of truth-seeking as an outdated medieval practice shows how narrow-minded is the authorities’ attitude towards art and culture these days."