"We do not want to ban free admissions, but we believe museums and galleries should have the right to charge if they wish. They could use the money to make their facilities even better and could have special arrangements allowing continued free access for children, students and others." A party spokesman insisted that no final decisions had been taken. "We have a policy review under way. We haven't had the outcome of that policy review on this. All these areas will have to be considered in the policy review," he said.
I am a great believer in the principle that the user should pay, but there's no doubt that visitor numbers have increased hugely since Chris Smith abolished museum charges in Labour's first term. Reintroducing fees will lead to charges of elitism. If this really is a firm policy proposal, or even kite flying, it's a pretty dangerous road to go down.