“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.
It’s that time of the year again. When the unelected people who give your taxpayers money to their friends and family give even more of it to even more of their friends and family and even charge you for the privilege of watching them rub their greedy little hands together. This year it seems that a number of University Professors have fallen on hard times as well as the usual suspects like Owen ‘bad boy’ Sheers, ‘Gross Writer’, ‘Horrid Henry’ and ‘Gloating Gower’.
This year, in Pulp of the Year 2016 the nominees are: Philip Gross (previous parasite), Paul Henry (bursary regular – £6,425), Stephen Payne (Professor who needs the cash?), Kate Hamer (bursary score – £5,000), Thomas Morris (lives in Dublin but still got a ticket), Owen Sheers (more public cash thrown at him than any other shit writer?), Jasmine Donahaye (Cash score – £20,000+), Eluned Gramich (other public money – £1,000), Daniel G. Williams (Professor who needs more cash), Mererid Hopwood (bursary score – £6,000), Gruffudd Owen (Arts Council Trougher), Cen Williams (big jobs for the boys), Jon Gower (bursary score – £8,000), Caryl Lewis (Wales Literature Exchange), Dewi Prysor (was interesting until he made this list), Simon Brooks (bursary score – £2,003), Gruffydd Aled Williams (another hard-up Professor) and Emyr Glyn Williams.