It's better to buy a Titian
than many of the other things public money goes towards. Funding war? Not keen on that. Funding the acquisition of a truly great piece of art? Oh yes, that I am completely behind.
I REALLY hope they manage to keep hold of the Rembrandt that the Duke of Sutherland owns. It's one of the best of his self portraits.
There was an MP on tv earlier saying how it was a complete waste of money and should have been spent on living artists and on encouraging children to take up music and art. Surely one of the best ways to encourage children is to get them to look at art? I certainly have a great appreciation for it since I was taken to galleries from a pretty young age. And, I would like to point out, the National Galleries in Edinburgh and London were two of the better ones.
Oh, and as someone who could be defined as a living Scottish artist, I think it was money well spent and I'm happy if a tiny proportion of my tax money went towards it. It gives me warm feelings inside.