I gave Maria Miller a chance. I blogged here that the arts should ask for less money just one time in return for more once it had been proven that the arts can be entrepreneurial, smart, and make more money, be less dependent. I thought her speech telling the arts that it needed to prove its value was just the bluster of a new person in a new job (they all say that, or a version of that don’t they). Man, when you’ve given someone a chance and they act with such arrogance. I’ll never forgive her. I gave her a chance.
In broad terms this new chap needs to be given a chance. I’ve read that his dad was a bus driver from Rochdale. I’m proud and glad that Rochdale is just tenuously on the map for more than just some new horror. But I don’t want to speak too soon. Please don’t be *another* reason The ‘Dale is implicated in something horrible. I’m worried, but I don’t think it’s particularly constructive to make snide comments about the art or culture that he likes though, Guardian.
I know very well where I sit on the debate around secondary ticketing, but I am aware of an argument for many free marketeers, of ownership, and then reselling something that you own. It goes far deeper than some surface level argument of course, and Sajid Javid might not have researched it too well. I want to give him a chance. I think he might be more responsive to my suggestion at the top of this piece,of rewarding entrepreneurship. He might be. He has in the past been quite complimentary about ticket touts/secondary ticketing… I do want to give him a chance. He’s not making much in the way of good noises thus far.
I was once on a late bus home from Finsbury Park. A full one. I sat downstairs at the back, in the corner, and a boozy fella sat down next to me (I think I might have been a bit boozy too). We got chatting. He was a scouser. He’d been to see The Coral at Brixton and had a great time. He told me he was a tout and had done ok that night. He touted at gigs he liked, and went to them too. It was hard not to see this as a decent little bit of enterprise from a loveable rogue type character, and I certainly didn’t get on my high horse and attempt a reprimand. I wanted to give him a chance.
When the entire arts/music/sports industry roundly condemns something it’s going to be hard for our Sajid to stand tall. But it’ll be just one bit of his job. I’d like to give him a chance. Please don’t fuck it up Sajid. For music’s sake, for arts sake, for your dad’s sake.
I’m not into open letters too much. This one is a good one. But I do want to give him a chance. After Maria Miller, I’m going to be watching this closely.