I don't watch TV any more (apart from, ahem, World Cup). I try not to read news, but it's hard with headlines all over most websites. I think if anyone expects politicians of any colour to support arts in a major (and meaningful) way, they're in for a long wait. It's also quite debatable whether we would want that in the end; the state sponsored art tends to suffocate everything that is not (state sponsored). The Internet offers real alternatives (such as this very one here), albeit they are electrons and photons, perhaps not tangible enough.