Our creators are not living in a golden age. That was the promise but they didn’t get their golden age. The promise was broken. We owe it to them. And we owe it to them now.
When Shelley speaks of “Poets,” I believe here he means creators; and when he says they are legislators, he doesn’t mean they’re lawyers, he doesn’t mean they’re necessarily politicians. What I think he is saying is that creators predict our future, they underpin our future, and they create a framework for our future. And this is why I am excited about what Minister Jolie has said. The Minister intuitively understand this. The Minister sees that creators are deserving of our respect and protection. I am so glad to see that we actually have with us an elected legislator who sees that it is our poets who are the true legislators of the world.