VIRGINIA BOTTOMLEY is short on facts, and of even shorter memory (Letters, 22 February). The root of the crisis in the arts was the last Conservative government's failure to give inflationary increases to the Arts Council, resulting in cheese- paring funding of key cultural institutions and equal misery for all. The Tories' establishment of the Lottery merely created a massive fund for arts buildings, while leaving many companies charged with creating suitable products for them teetering on the edge of solvency. The lottery has created much work for consultants but considerably fewer opportunities for artists.

While the jury remains out on the Labour government's cultural integrity, at least it is looking at the vast imbalance between capital and revenue funding.

Paul Kelly