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Government are now in discussions over how to remove the rabbit without damaging the statue of the anti-apartheid icon

Video games body calls for tax breaks

Video games body Tiga has criticised the Government's argument against a tax relief for the industry as "increasingly threadbare", after a senior Treasury official appeared to contradict the official line.

BBC: Freeze on licence fee is an 'act of cultural vandalism'

The Government's decision to freeze the BBC licence fee for six years and cut the corporation's budget by 16 per cent is an "act of cultural and political vandalism", the former Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw said last night.

Riot police battle with culture ministry officials at the Acropolis

Riot police clashed with culture ministry workers who shut down the Acropolis monuments in a protest over unpaid wages yesterday.

Head of doomed Film Council John Woodward quits

The chief executive of the UK Film Council, John Woodward, announced his resignation yesterday with a sideswipe at the Government's planned scrapping of the organisation.

Leading article: The right art

It's tough being a Conservative culture minister. Essentially, your job is to rub along with people who are often awkward to start with, on top of which they frequently profess profound contempt for your politics while at the same time demanding your patronage. All credit to Ed Vaizey for being so upfront about this, and for cheerfully admitting to The Independent that at least one of the artists whose works decorate his ministerial office was "horrified" to discover where his painting had ended up.

Israeli actors refuse to take the stage in settlement theatre

Five leading Israeli theatres were facing a mounting political row yesterday after a pledge by 60 of the country's most prominent actors, writers and directors to boycott the companies' planned performances in a Jewish West Bank settlement.

Film Council summoned to explain briefings

The row between sections of the British film industry and the Government escalated last night when senior figures at the UK Film Council were summoned to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport for a dressing down amid claims of misuse of public money.

Business Diary: Out of power, in at M&S?

How do Marks & Spencer's shareholders, already hopping mad about the whacking pay package awarded to new chief executive Marc Bolland, feel about their chairman's job being hawked round the City as some sort of consolation prize for ex-government ministers? The top two contenders for the role, once Sir Stuart Rose finally steps down, are Lord Myners and Lord Davies according to City bookmaker BGC. Both lost their jobs in government when Labour got the boot in May.

David Prosser: No delay for radio's digital switchover

Outlook The Culture minister, Ed Vaizey, shares the view of the previous government that 2015 is a realistic target for the switchover to digital radio broadcasting (he says as much in a speech today) but his determination to stick to his predecessors' timetable is curious.

Second Stalin statue vanishes

Authorities in Georgia tore down another monument to Josef Stalin.

Times may be tight, but we're hooked on classics

Classical music festivals are on the increase across Europe despite the tough economic climate. Adrian Mourby reports

Will Ed Vaizey be good for gaming?

When it was in opposition, the nearest thing the Conservative Party had to a video games tzar was Ed Vaizey. As “spokesperson for the games industry”, Vaizey had been keen on tax breaks for the games business and other “imaginative policies to support the industry as much as possible,” as he explained in an interview last year.

Carla Bruni 'vetoed Louvre rock concert'

Even the Mona Lisa may find it hard to keep her smile. France's other Italian-born icon of enigmatic female beauty has denied La Joconde a free rock concert. Plans for the first open-air gig in the courtyard of the Louvre have been squashed by the pop-singing French first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, according to a French investigative newspaper.

Gentrification game: Defending traditional markets

As a scruffy London market is granted listed status, Tom Mendelsohn looks at how stallholders across the country are resisting attempts to smarten them up

Victory claim in battle to save 6 Music

Radio station may be revived under a different name, say insiders
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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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