Borrowing from what CJ the CEO of Sunshine Deserts used to say in The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin, My education didn’t get where it is today without ordering old out of print railway engineering history books from my local library.
Some argue that easy access to a public library is an anachronism in today’s age of Smart Phones and the internet, but since libraries now have proper computers perhaps nothing could be further from the truth. It could be said that Library Closures are an attack on the educational aspirations of those less fortunate enough to be on a subsistence income either through unemployment or disability.
Long before the current cuts, ( Labour ) Lancashire County Council proposed to change our village library opening times allegedly to save money when its clear said library will still be open the same total hours and the change will save LCC nothing. They proposed closing at 6pm instead of the original 7pm and theoretically compensating by opening an hour earlier, but it may be reasonable to believe their plan was politically motivated. Perhaps their plan was primarily designed to penalise those villagers in part or full time work and in receipt of the new Universal Credit when introduced, when internet access is an essential component.
Perhaps the whole object of their exercise was to force low income people perhaps close if not already on the breadline ( and already having to choose whether to eat or heat especially in winter ) to pay a Private Tax for a Smart Phone contact. Furthermore, it will also stop people in decently rewarded full time work and perhaps commuting as far as the local mill towns conveniently ordering old out of print factual books they may be pointed towards to advance their education. Perhaps this is especially important as part of a trade apprenticeship or college course, as old books were where I got most of my worthwhile engineering knowledge.
Again some would argue that internet search engines and Wikipedia render libraries redundant, yet its often the case that when I return to my long bookmarked links they have been deleted. In the case of Wikipedia I often find that once really informative pages have since had vital information hacked out, but then Adolf Hitler was infamous for burning any books he didn’t like in 1930s !
YouTube is not immune either, informative old films often taken down for ” copyright infringement ” ( the BBC is one of the main culprits ) and its no surprise to me that its mostly anything which seriously challenges Green Ideology.
Bring Back true ecologist David Bellamy !