Timothy Garton-Ash | The Guardian, December 11, 2008
Britain’s culture commands admiration from around the world; more so than its politics or economic power. ++ Football, leading universities and an elegant command of the English language are among the most iconic of Britain’s cultural offerings. ++ In order to maintain this "magnetic power abroad," the state must play a limited role in cultural affairs. ++ However, increased public funding for institutions such as the BBC as well as university scholarships will enable culture to remain the "fourth dimension of British power."