January 7th, 2013

Where There’s Muck There’s Brass

draculaLabour attack dog Michael Dugher went off on one in the Mirror this weekend, slating the “snobbery” of government arts cuts and the decision to award the British Federation of Brass Bands a grant of of just £23,000 last year. So how much did the Federation receive under the obviously less snobbish and much more generous Labour government? According to their accounts, in 2009 the Arts Council grant to the BFBB was a whopping £23,941, while in 2008 it was £23,313. Cuts? What cuts?

H/T @KulganofCrydee


  1. 1
    Brassed Off says:

    Umpah Umpah Stick it up your jumper.

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Why should the state fund brass bands?

  3. 3
    Mercian says:

    The government shouldn’t subsidise art at all. If it’s good enough people will pay for it, if it isn’t they won’t. Simples.

  4. 4
    Black Dyke says:

    I likes a Brass Band

  5. 5
    Liarpoliticians says:

    NO taxpayers money should go to ANY of the arts. Let them live in the real world like other businesses. Those that can, do. Those that can’t can collapse and die, like other crappy businesses.

    Why do I have to pay more in taxes to subsidies someone else’s jollies?

  6. 6
    David Cameron types always shits on North of England says:

    Not enough muck about, I say.

  7. 7
    Taxper's Brass says:

  8. 8
    I don't nee d no do ctor says:

    Dugher is an arsewipe. Get a proper job Dugher, and stop scrounging off the taxpayer, you parasite.

  9. 9
    I don't nee d no do ctor says:

    Dugher should stop blowing his own trumpet.

  10. 10
    David Cameron types always shits on North of England says:

    Hate arts being used as a pistol whip for day to day life nodern politics, but still. What do you say, Gilbert and George?

  11. 11
    Pol Pot says:

    Gastric Brass Band.

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Go and give your brass knob a polish 8illy.

  13. 13
    Brickshit house and Rasta Brass band says:

    As a Brass band Pilgrim this is disgusting

  14. 14
  15. 15
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    Mrs Jowell throws her toys out of the pram, again
    By EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE All By This Author – 27/11/2012 00:33:02
    Dame Tessa Jowell has hit back at the suggestion that the original separation between her and husband David Mills back in 2006 was little more than a career-saving exercise.

    BUT>>> seen yesterday strolling arm-in -arm in Waitrose

  16. 16
    The State says:

    We fund your sad life

  17. 17
    Tracey says:

    Unless you’ve starved in a garret for many years, you’ve no right to be called an artist.

  18. 18
    Silvio says:

    Coo eee

  19. 19
    Fishy says:


    They’re socialists, didn’t you mean the Co-op? or Aldi? or Lidl?

  20. 20
    Tom Bone says:

    Dugher puts the ASS in bassoon

  21. 21

    Is Dan Hodges really playing a long game for Jon Cruddas?

  22. 22
    David Cameron types always shits on North of England says:

    Posh shop Waitrose. Only place I have found that will sell you a pheasant when in seasom, in Sept. Though I have to warble my throught and sound like an old general to get one. Quite exclusive it is.

    Aldis? Brilliant cheap spuds – well recommend that shop, for fruit and veg.

  23. 23
    Fishy says:

    I think that I just heard a poor dear on Vicky Pollard’s show complaining about the loss of her child benefit. Only earning around £80,000. My heart bleeds.

    BBC’s Vicky was doing her best to stir things up, nowhere though taking the time to talk about the shear scale and size of the unfathomable economic chasm the country was cast into by Brown and Balls.

    If we don’t cut child benefits where is the ‘effin money going to come from for the Black Dykes of the world?

  24. 24
    I thought MPs used Fortnum & Mason says:

    Were they slumming ??

  25. 25
    I always get my "Game Pie" from Waitrose says:

    Dave uses Sainsbury’s Chipping Norton


  26. 26
    Sir William Waad says:

    The purposes of arts funding are to radiate government niceness and try to cadge some votes from the exquisite classes. The effect of arts funding is to keep the arts tame and dull.

  27. 27
    Sir William Waad says:

    Hodges n.o. 34 (7hrs 35 mins, 370 balls, 4s 1, 6s 0)

  28. 28
    Fat Bastard, Dugher's Fellow Attack Dog, says:

    That’s my lad! You tell ‘em, Mikey Baby! Just nine hundred less, but it’s still a “cut,” innit? Never let up– never let up! We’ve got ‘em on the run now! We have the weapon of the truth on our side, such as it is!

    And believe me, if anybody would know about brass, it’d be you and I!

  29. 29
    Up Bliar says:

    Lefties lie… whats new?

  30. 30
    Brass Neck says:

    I thought the olympics had been and gone. Another gold medal for brass neck hypocrisy !

  31. 31

    … scoring runs seemed ‘a disagreeable, even vulgar, distraction from the pure task of surviving’

  32. 32
    Britannia says:

    They also have a ladies’ section called The Bras Band

  33. 33
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    The Mirror article says the band need £12,000 per month to survive. Why? They are, like all brass bands I know, an amateur organisation. Try to book them for a concert and you will get the shock of your life at the amount they charge.

  34. 34
    keredybretsa says:

    British Federation of Brass Monkeys….shurley!

  35. 35
    Bony Tenn says:

    Where there’s Labour there’s shite.

  36. 36
    ey oop chuck says:

    I flippin’ ‘ate brass bands

  37. 37
    ey oop chuck says:

    fuck off with your fucking video links you fucker

  38. 38
    ey oop chuck says:

    I bet he’s keen on playing the pink oboe

  39. 39
    Blowing Whistles says:

    The Ex-Union (AEEU Ken Jackson) 5hithole Dugher personifies The Deluded & Duped Socialist Marxist Commies that come out of the likes of Warwick Uni.

    His personal antics – were copied from the now redundant:- red-star-research website.

    Time is catching up with Mr Dugher for his dirtier dealings for Hoon and Bliar and their ‘friends’.

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