The fact politicians are careless with the facts is hardly news but it’s unfortunate that such carelessness occurs most of all when it comes to the subject of cultural non-preservation. It’s even more unfortunate when it comes from a culture minister. Here’s what John Glen MP recently told the world about Britain’s intention to ratify the Hague Convention ….

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Oh dear John. Intending to ratify the bloody thing 63 years late doesn’t give us the status of a world leader in cultural protection. Nor does the fact we’re intending to build a too-short tunnel at Stonehenge (something you yourself are supporting). Accurate statements about cultural non-preservation aren’t really necessary, are they?