“What sort of country do we want to live in?” asks Margaret Atwood in the Globe and Mail today.
She makes an eloquent argument for supporting the arts in all their forms, and takes Harper to task for characterizing “ordinary people” as cultural Scrooges. Everyone consumes art – not necessarily free-verse poetry but concerts, plays, television, books and anything else creative you care to name. We are the artists too: People photograph, draw, whittle, sing, whatever.
And then she does more damage on the Hidden Agenda front than any Liberal attack ad in years. “Every budding dictatorship,” Atwood goes on, “begins by muzzling the artists, because they’re a mouthy lot and they don’t line up and salute very easily.” The last third of her article is dedicated to turning around the “ordinary people” claim and framing Harper as the dangerously out-of-touch one.
Luckily for the Tories, Atwood works in print and not television. If the opposition parties were smart they’d get this thesis on the air.
Read the article before it goes behind the Globe’s pay wall.
Painting: Red Maple by A.Y. Jackson