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Virginia Bottomley was right to refuse a new Cardiff Opera House. Money, says Edward Pearce, should go to performers not buildings

By Edward Pearce   February 1996

Will I be struck by lightening, my name erased from the public record and my soul committed to Hell for saying that Virginia Bottomley has got something spot on right?

Will that happen all over again if I add that Lord Crickhowell, Dame Gwynneth Jones and the “arts community” of Cardiff are behaving like a collective baby denied a second platinum-inlaid rattle?

Here are two words to distrust: “arts”-something never to be confused with music, painting and literature-and “community,” which means a clique of official spokesmen touting for an interest group.

Howls of rage have gone up from the…

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