Last week you gave substantial space to Coun David Baker to advance theLibDem’s case against library closures. There are two issues here.
The first is the need to deny the consequences of their own Government’s actions, a Government which has imposed an irresponsible level and speed of cuts in public funding. So, necessarily, it is the LibDems who are the deficit deniers.
The second issue is the iconic status that libraries hold. But in my experience as a local authority chief executive, when we closed libraries, in the campaigns against closure, no-one ever mentioned books. The importance of libraries is as community spaces and information points. That doesn’t have to come at the expense of a full-blown library service. Much can be done with some building space, the internet and free wi-fi.