How is JW's post, 'selfish' and 'blinkered' dilli? It seems a fairly lateral statement to me. He asked a pertinent question in an objective manner: they cost a fortune and there's no real, solid evidence that their cost justifies their existence, in their present forms so, are they worth it? There's plenty who'd agree that the cost, in the current financial climate, could be better spent elsewhere. If collectively the losses amount to say, a million a year, that's a consultant or two. Or half a dozen degree level nurse specialists rather than a knackered rescue engine, or a new braking system, or constant road improvements to the race-track and other hidden expenses.
You maintain they should continue to be subsidised by the tax-payer, and very likely many would agree with your viewpoint, that they are worth propping up. They are our heritage and worth keeping. On the flip side of that there are many who consider they are by now fading monuments to a bygone era that really only appeals to an ever-dwindling market, however quaint and nostalgic they might be. The TT aside, of course, but even then, will we ever have an honest figure of how much it really costs?
The issue needs addressing, objectively.
I wonder what J W's views are on the 6 or7 million pounds paid to farmers for doing fuck all.
If that was spent on health and education it would be a positive move. Wood and Trees springs to mind.