Michael Bogdanov, artistic director of the English Shakespeare Company, has viciously attacked the Government in the latest edition of the left wing New Statesman magazine. Bogdanov claims that Labour has 'blown it' by reducing arts funding to the level of 'a car boot sale'. 'How can we still maintain that British is best with quality so eroded by 20 years of philistinism and underfunding?' Bogdanov asks. He criticises Culture Secretary Chris Smith personally for disregarding calls for a fully paid, dedicated chairman of the Arts Council and calls EMI head Gerry Robinson, recently appointed to the post, a 'slash-and-burn merchant who will do the job 'reluctantly' and only for one day a week.'