This from The Sun today:
University College Hospital in London has spent £70,000 on a giant lump of polished granite, shipped in from Brazil and polished to a high sheen at great expense. The money came from charity donations, but the donors are said to be furious about the reckless spending of the hospital. Health chiefs claim the six-ton lump will help patients get better faster by promoting a “healing environment”.
But the stone is outside the hospital in the entrance, and hardly any patents will see it.
If the money had been spent on drugs it could have bought 2,000 prescriptions of insulin for diabetics, 160 treatments with the breast cancer wonder drug Herceptin or 14,000 doses of Viagra.
The hospital, housed in a futuristic new building, rushed to defend the sculpture — just one of a series of crackpot artworks there that will cost a whopping £250,000.
£250k spent on "art". How many operations could that have paid for, how many people could that have helped, made smile again, made walk again, repair burns, scars, help premature babies, etc etc etc. FFS - £70k on a fucking rock. I'll bet that within 3 months it will be surrounded by fag ends, have chewing gum stuck onto it, never get polished again, and used as a dog toilet. How very healing. Sometimes i wish we could all withold our taxes in protest about the way they are spent