Newsflash: Howard Barker's theatre company, The Wrestling School, has had its funding cut, as the first high-profile casualty of the London Olympics' raiding of the British arts coffers.
Barker has his say in the Guardian here:
In killing The Wrestling School the Arts Council has silenced a voice, and yet further diminished the range of theatre practice when its very purpose was to extend this range. Political interference is now seen to be the standard practice of the funding system. We live with the washed-out remains of a Stalinist bureaucracy obsessed not with art but social welfare projects, points-systems and 'public benefit' scrutiny, which annihilates (or rather, in the context, "liquidates") thriving and ambitious companies and artists.
Sounds familiar, somehow...remember the stoush over La Mama last year? And yes, arts funding is, among many other things, an issue to do with freedom of speech. George Hunka editorialises at Superfluities, and I'm sure much more will be said.