So after the profligacy of the Labour Years there’s less public money around. So Councils are forced to make cuts in under utilised services, so they pick the libraries. Even when I was a lad, in my little town of around 9000 inhabitants the library was grossly under utilised, even on a Saturday you’d be lucky to see 100 people pass through the doors. Even then it was mainly older people. Let’s face it, people didn’t use libraries much then and they don’t use them much now, everything’s online, libraries are quiet and tedious places that aren’t of much interest to young people. They may have had a brief resurgence before PCs appeared in every home but now they aren’t used much except by the elderly, people of special interests and people wanting to get warm.
So pretty understandably the Councils looked at trimming them down.
[Look, don’t get me wrong, I love books, I devour them, I’m often reading 3 or 4 at once, I tend to read a book at least 3 times before I’m done with it. I’m an avid reader. I’ll make sure my kids read as well, it’s just that they won’t necessarily need a library to do that reading.]
Of course in trimming library services the Councils incurred the wrath of the “great” and “good”, many of whom are incidentally authors, and with them activists and court cases.
You see the Councils said “We can’t afford to run these under used services but if local people want to volunteer to run them we’ll facilitate that happening.” Which might seem fair enough in any reasonable society but in modern British society equates to the government refusing to wipe the arses of the populace in the manner to which the populace became accustomed under Labour’s nanny state.
The protestors took the only course they could see open to them. They took the Council to court.
Because that’s what you do. Your council is short on cash, it has to cut services because it’s short on cash, so you take it to court so that it will end up even shorter on cash and less able to fund services. It makes perfect sense.
You then win a very small political victory in court.
Your council is now shorter on cash.
It may be stymied on its efforts to keep these services you originally considered to be essential and in fact, may be forced to make further cuts as a result.
Who have you helped? How are local residents going to be aided in getting to libraries as a result of your actions?
What other local services would you cut to keep these under used libraries open?