Here is the 'Low' of the arts year for David Hare:
The shaming indifference of the political class to Harold Pinter winning the Nobel prize. Most of us are past being scandalised by the omissions of the BBC, which appears to have lost all interest in literature and the performing arts, but it seems astonishing that the BBC did not broadcast the statement by a Nobel prize-winning author. Such things used to be their bread and butter. Worse, they censored all mention of the speech from their TV news. Astonishing, too, that not one party leader congratulated Pinter or commented on what he had to say. Politicians want us to be interested in them. But why should we be, when they're not interested in anything but sport and themselves?It's not enough, the collective panting that there actually was about this award and the political statement by its recipient, whose own politics could raise a doubt or two amongst theatrical folk of progressive outlook, one might think. No, that some people weren't entirely enthusiastic is a cultural low. What's the expression? I think it somehow conjoins 'get' and 'life'.