Today is the last day of the libraries consultation. If you have not yet completed the councilâ€™s questionnaire then click here. Their questions are very irritating and their initial presumption of 30% cuts is an outrageous lie. But, please go through their questionnaire anyway. If the council gets a big enough raspberry it will go and pick on someone or something else.
One assumption made by the Labour council is that the tiny, understaffed libraries at Pitshanger (3.9 FTE) and Northfields (3.6 FTE) can be staffed by volunteers as their user groups are nice, middle class people who can look after themselves. From my knowledge of these two communities they are rather busy going to work, raising children, looking after their parents and keeping their homes and gardens looking decent. They are very community minded but they pay Â£2,000 a year in council tax and something like Â£6,000 a year in other taxes to keep the council going and they are very resentful that the council wants to use their precious time to replace very cheap librarians.
Of course Labour has a very different model in mind for its heartlands of Acton (12.3 FTE) and Southall (12.6 FTE). The order of the day here is to have hugely over-staffed libraries that are not threatened in any way.
I wonder how many copies of Atlas Shrugged they stock in Acton and Southall.