“Rules serve the people, and we cannot allow the people to serve the rules,” argued the Dutch MP Femke Halsema during the debate over ex-MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s naturalisation. She couldn’t have summed up the problem any more succinctly.
The creative sector is crying out for a similar argument. It is becoming a pet of politicians, but there is a risk hanging in the air – one which has everything to do with the zeitgeist – that the creative industries will become an extension of political economic policy. After the industrial and digital revolutions, a creative revolution has evidently now dawned. The swing, however, must be and stay creative. The creative industries, as part of the field of the arts, must not be restrained. On the contrary, they need confidence, depth, experimentation, brainpower, and, especially, space. These things must come first, and rules only later.