Caroline Page, the Lib Dem county councillor for Woodbridge, was up late last night writing a lovely post ridiculing the “consultation” about the future of Suffolk libraries.
In Distribute that middle! Losing Suffolk’s libraries through a logical fallacy! she talks about the “embarrassingly autocratic library ‘consultation’”. It does not mean “the administration is allowing you any opportunity to say their idea is bad, and you want no part of it.”
Oh no – all this consultation gives you is a chance to explain your idea for running your divested library. For example Question 4 is: “How will your idea or interest generate changes or significant efficiencies in the way the library operates to reduce what the county council pays by a minimum of 30%”
I can’t really give the flavour of Page’s comments without reproducing it, so please use the link above to read it in full.
For those who have not been following the story, Suffolk County Council has decided that 29 of its libraries will close if they are not taken over by community groups to be run at a lower cost.
These include the tiny library in Debenham, where I live, which has bucked national trends by increasing numbers of users, lending more books, encouraging children, helping people find information and a host of other things. By some measures, I suspect, it is among the most successful libraries in the country.