The Dame at first thought this reader was pulling her elegantly turned leg......how wrong she was.
The story is incredible.......but, true.
It appears our council has taken pity on the hapless Charlie Saatchi and lobbed him twenty grand of our money!
|TAKING US FOR A RIDE|
Clearly frittering away our money is so routine that in the council papers it's described as:
Decision Rating: Decision is Routine/low public interest!
To add insult to injury the Council rationalise this extraordinary waste of OUR money by suggesting that the gallery has a 'community benefit'.
Any benefit accrues to wheeler dealer art entrepreneur, Saatchi.
His gallery, in partnership with contemporary auction house, Phillips de Pury and Co, acts as money making publicity business...IT IS NOT A CHARITY!
In fact, Charlie gets an amazing deal to be in the 70,000 sq.ft Duke of York Building, so the £20,000 grant is mere bagatelle to a man who spends £30,000 a year on flowers.
But, of course, certain very dull and mundane councillors love the idea of patronising edgy art....at our expense...and when there are residents in desperate need.
Mr Holgate, it was you who took this damned fool decision and El Dame is very cross with you!