Tuesday, December 12, 2006

This stupid country (2)

Our continued membership of the EU is now going to give the British Film Industry problems................from the London Evening Standard leader column of December 11th.


Encouraging films that promote British culture is a laudable aim. But there is a risk that new European rules that limit tax breaks will damage the industry they ostensibly seek to encourage. Films made in Britain must have a 75% British storyline or have british lead characters or be based on British stories in order to receive the funds. That could discourage Hollywood from using the skills of Britain's internationally respected film industry. The whole world loves British-made films, whether they are set here like Harry Pottter series or not. The tax regime should support both.

This is so typical isn't it. Let's put the wishes of unelected foreign bureaucrats before the interests of a very needy British industry.

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