Libraries Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, says that he really cares about libraries, so presumably he also really cares about library workers and library users.
Ed committed to a public debate on libraries with author, Alan Gibbons.
We offered to host and to provide a venue. We made every effort to secure a date for Ed to debate with Alan on a weekend when library users, library workers and library campaigners would have a greater chance of attending. Alan Gibbons made himself available on multiple dates.
But Ed could not find any date where he could make himself available, in London, on a weekend, to attend a debate.
So when the minister tweeted his support again for libraries this week and all the fantastic things they deliver…
….we felt sure that he’d want to attend the Speak Up for Libraries rally at Central Hall Westminster.
It is right on his doorstep, on a weekday, just a few minutes from the House of Commons.
But, did Ed jump at the chance?
Ed was very quick to respond to let us know he has no availability on the day of the lobby.
Oh dear, Ed!
It’s not looking good for Ed, who may well go down in history as the minister who oversaw the destruction of the public library service.
Please, don’t be like Ed
Please join Speak Up for Libraries
on 9 February because action is needed to ensure the public library service is properly staffed, well funded and adequately stocked.