“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity”
This quote from Andre Gide seems to sum up the reaction to the recent damning report by Professor Hughes into Literature Wales.
The Welsh Government-commissioned panel described the organisation as “lacking the skills and experience” to spend public money. Shame they didn’t go much further.
Economy Secretary Ken Skates said some of its responsibilities would be transferred to the Welsh Books Council, as if that equally useless, unaccountable quango could do any better! Aren’t they part of the same problem?
Of course this report is only the beginning. There will be more investigations, exposure, maybe even court cases against some of these people, and rest assured that the people of Wales will not be happy until the entire, rotten-to-its-core arts establishment in Wales is completely dismantled.
Wales is a poor country, destined to be poorer when we leave the EU, and so to have our government waste millions of pounds on a small group of chosen ones cannot continue.