Boyd Tonkin: The branch line to another life
It appears between our Con-Dem government and Labour council, our library has suffered its terrible fate.
Boyd Tonkin of the Independent sums it up:
…the myopic idiocy of these false economies cuts straight across party lines. In spite of ferocious competition, from Cumbria to Dorset, I would argue that no local authority has behaved with quite such pig-headed arrogance in pursuit of the destruction of much-loved branches as Labour Brent.
Which makes it dismaying, if predictable, that the libraries initiative now launched by shadow arts minister Dan Jarvis contents itself with kneejerk Tory-bashing and fails to examine the mess on Labour’s own municipal shelves.
No wonder so many public-spirited people run a mile from party politics when they see that participation will mean having to check in both mind and heart at the committee-room door”
Posted on February 3, 2012, in Brent Council, In the News and tagged dan jarvis, democracy, independent, labour, library, miliband, nld12, preston library, savelibraries, saveprestonlibrary, Wembley, willesden green, zadie smith. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Boyd Tonkin: The branch line to another life.