What’s this English the EDL defend?

What’s this English,

The EDL defend,

A mythical dream of 1958,

White bread, white faces

And maiden aunts cycling

To evensong under a northern sky,

A Butcher’s Apron

Snapping in the wind?

What’s this English,

The EDL defend,

Pathetic Alf Garnetts

Bending the knee

To ancient privilege?



So what’s this English

The EDL defend?

Is it the English of the Huguenots

Who worked in silk,

The Irish who dug and built,

The Jews who worked and thrived,

the Muslim workers

who struck for Altab Ali,

the Windrush West Indians

who became the muscles

of our public services?


What’s this English

The EDL defend,

Our good old brew

From the hills

Of Kenya and Assam,

An aromatic curry,

A piquant pasta,

A kebab on a Saturday night?

Or is it the full English

With a dash of nice brown sauce

Full of English syrup, sugar,

Dates and tamarind?


You can stuff this English

The EDL defend,

Slurred speech and red, sweaty faces,

Upside down Union flags

And tempers as short

As a crushed Woodbine.

You can roll it into the shape

Of a sweet English rose

And shove it up

Your rotund, racist arse,

Your fascist, English Khyber pass.


Every time they want to fight

The next war,

They say it will be different

To the last war.

There is always amnesia

About the last war

So that they can begin

The next war.

Maybe if people remembered

the last war

the next war

would not happen.

The tears of Donald J Trump


Donald J Trump wept this week
For Syria’s children.
He wept because, he said,
Beautiful babies were cruelly murdered.
He wept because, he said,
No child of God
Should suffer such horror.

So why, I wonder,
When beautiful babies
Were being cruelly murdered
And the children of God
Were suffering horror
Just four years ago,
Did he demand another president
Get Congressional approval
And stay out of Syria?

Why, I wonder,
is he such good friends
with the house of Saud
when beautiful babies
are being cruelly murdered
in Yemen
and the children of God there
are suffering horror?

Donald J Trump
Has selective tears.

Mrs May explains bombs



The bombs that fall on Syria

Are barbarous,

The bombs that fall are vile,

The gas attack is a war crime,

We condemn it,

Condemn it with all our heart.


The bombs that fall on Yemen,

Are naughty,

They’re not that good at all,

But we can’t condemn them utterly,

No, we won’t protest at all,

The bombs that fall on Yemen,

Well, we sell them on the Kingdom’s call.


The President that drops bombs

On Syria

Is a pariah, a monster,

A wicked, wicked man,

A murderer, a butcher,

He’s quite beyond the pale.


The King that drops bombs

On Yemen,

Now we need to engage with him,

Sell him arms for profit,

Declare him our brother

In arms.


So I hope you like

My explanation,

It’s really rather clear,

Dump our oil sugar daddy,

Sod off,

No bloody fear.

Libraries round up

Bath Chronicle : 10 April

Bath library consultation: Campaigners say findings show library already ‘ticks all the boxes’





Plymouth Herald : 10 April

Plymouth Labour ‘make no apologies’ for library leaflets







Swindon Advertiser : 11 April

Government investigates Swindon’s library cuts




Llantwit Major GEM : 11 April

Library usage in Wales in increasing





Hereford Times : 11 April

Exercise for both body and brain now easily accessible under one roof in Bromyard

The Halo team – with support from professional librarians and staff from Herefordshire library service – will now be handling the issuing and return of all library stock at the Bromyard Centre.




The Bookseller : 11 April

Young people’s library usage trends revealed in Carnegie report




Daily Post : 11 April

Look: Former Conwy library to become café for book lovers



Carnegie UK Trust : April 2017

Shining a Light

Link to all publications




The Herald : 10 April

Scotland |More families ‘just about managing’ turn to libraries




BBC News : 10 April

Scots ‘most likely’ to use public library




The National : 10 April

Rise in numbers of Scots primary school children using libraries





BBC News : 10 April

More young people using libraries, study finds




Yorkshire Post : 10 April

Calls for more to be done to future-proof library services



Local Berkshire : 10 April

Carnegie UK Trust conducted a study on library users between 2011 and 2016




Heart Radio: 10 April

Library use up in Wales




Local Gov : 10 April

Study reveals drop in frequency of library use




Leon’s Library Blog : 10 April

Shining a Light – Initial Response




Blackmore Vale magazine : 10 April

Dorchester TIC books into its new library home



The Scotsman : 10 April

Pamela Tulloch: Read all about it: children and libraries the ideal mix

‘Ninety per cent of brain development occurs before the age of five and there is a significant body of evidence that shows reading for pleasure has a huge impact on educational success and personal development.


That’s why it’s vital that children are introduced to books and reading at a young age – certainly pre-school, when they are curious, hungry for information and need regular stimulation to develop communications skills. Reading with babies and toddlers can shape how well or otherwise children perform academically.


Our public library network plays a unique and distinct role in this area. Libraries are a fantastic place to reach children at a young age and foster a love of books. Crucially, libraries offer free and easy access to books for everyone, regardless of age, social demographic and level of education, ensuring equality of opportunity – a fundamental ethos of public libraries.’




Henley Standard : 10 April

Benson | Community facilities ‘won’t cope with village expansion’




Yorkshire Coast Radio : 10 April

North Yorkshire | Grand Re-opening Of Scalby Library

Now run by volunteers and one of 21 libraries in North Yorkshire which are to be managed in that way.





Diss Express : 10 April

Suffolk Libraries wants your views as service faces shrinking budget



The Press : 8 April

Authors launch community libraries



Plymouth Herald : 9 April

Labour accused of spreading ‘political propaganda’ with library leaflets



Bradford Telegraph & Argus : 9 April

Exhibition shows how new library and archive building for Calderdale will look


Norfolk Eastern Daily Press: 6 April

Tax on new homes in Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk to bring £1.7m boost for footpaths, football and libraries

‘Plumstead Road Library would be one of three, along with Wroxham and Diss, to share in £120,000 to bring in self-service technology, which would mean people could use libraries outside current opening times.’




PRIVATE EYE | Library News

Issue 1441 (page 32):

Libraries Taskforce innovation fund

“… a miserable sop compared to what has been lost”



Northern Echo : 7 April

Council help at last for Hambleton’s volunteer libraries
Dispute over business rates for volunteer-run libraries




Harrogate Advertiser : 7 April

Letter: Libraries – have we got our priorities right?




Spalding Today : 7 April

First birthday celebrations of library, run by volunteers


Bury Times : 6 April

Reader’s letter: Bury Council mismanagement to blame for libraries crisis




Bury Free Press : 6 April

Help shape the future of Suffolk’s libraries

Library user survey, ‘Suffolk Libraries’ Extra scheme





Bracknell News : 6 April

The Defend Our Community Services (DOCS) group are lobbying Bracknell Forest Council against possible job losses
Library campaigners fight to stop possible swathe of job cuts




The Times : 6 April

Pupils face postcode lottery as councils shut down libraries

behind paywall




Brixton Buzz : 6 April

Lambeth | Carnegie Library – after the protest. Photos of the messages left outside the closed library




Liverpool Echo : 5 April

St Helens libraries under threat as council review entire service




BBC News : 5 April

North East Lincolnshire | Grimsby and Immingham libraries hire security staff




Blackpool Gazette : 5 April

Lancashire | Wait goes on for library answers in spite of promise




Nottingham Post : 5 April

Bakersfield library to be sold to help fund new Sneinton community hub




Gazette & Herald : 5 April

Rydale | Authors help relaunch community libraries

‘community library’ = volunteer-run




Daily Record : 5 April

Crossmichael’s old phone box set to be tuned into community library

‘community library’ = disused phonebox, makeshift shelving & donated books




The Socialist : 5 April

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

mentions Carillion, GLL and Lord Bird




Wiltshire Times: 5 April

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid defends cash cuts

Sajid Javid: “People want to see good libraries, social care, transport – and of course that costs resources but they want to make sure that Wiltshire Council, who have shown they will find savings in the right places and protect frontline services, is spending every penny of tax payer money it’s got wisely and that is what it has done.”


The Bookseller : 3 April
Lambeth |  Hundreds gather to ‘ridicule’ Carnegie Library situation
Holyrood : 4 April
£150,000 programme launched to support public library projects
Third Force News : 4 April
Charities offer libraries funding opportunity
Ikley Gazette : 4 April
Burley Library welcomes 500 visitors
Event marked the take over of the management of the service which will be run by Parish Council and volunteers
News Shopper : 4 April
Library strikes over fears Bromley council are selling off services
Northern Echo : 4 April
Darlington library service plans delayed yet again amid legal concerns over Crown Street
Herts Advertiser : 4 April
Public meeting being held about Wheathampstead library’s future

Libraries round up

Brixton blog : 2 April

Lambeth | Library protesters rally against council’s ‘April fools’




Bath Chronicle : 2 April

WATCH: Protesters join Bath Deserves Better march to demand B&NES Council to hold public meeting




Sutton Coldfield : 2 April

Royal Sutton Coldfield could split from Birmingham City Council as town council ‘explore’ options

Four Oaks Cllr Simon Ward (Con) … said the city council had expressed ‘contempt’ for the Royal Town; had ‘decimated’ library services; …




Birmingham Mail : 2 April

Two councils squabbling over threatened Sutton Coldfield Library’s future



The Bookseller : 31 March

Disappointment over ‘basic’ Taskforce dataset




Harwich and Manningtree Standard : 31 March

Essex | Silver End Library celebrates moving into new home in village hall




Sutton Coldfield Observer : 31 March

Temporary lifeline handed to Sutton Coldfield Library by Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council



Bath Chronicle : 31 March

LETTER: Foot the bill but don’t ask any questions – I’ve had enough of Bath & NE Somerset Council




Bath Chronicle : 31 March

Hundreds of campaigners expected to march in Bath on April Fool’s Day in call to meet council chiefs



Bedfordshire News : 31 March

Have your say over Bedford Borough Mobile Library consultation




The Southern Reporter : 31 March

Live Borders axes 12 staff to cut wage bill




Shoreham Herald : 31 March

Horsham | Call for rethink on new car park charges

Includes several library car parks


Windsor Observer : 27 March

New mobile library plan





Bournemouth Echo : 27 March

Library and seafront services merged: bid to save £1million approved in Bournemouth and Poole




The National : 27 March

Gruffalo writer Julia Donaldson backs campaign to save libraries as council elections loom




All Media Scotland : 27 March

Media Release: Gruffalo author calls to protect school libraries from ‘short-sighted’ cuts





The Courier : 27 March

Scotland | Gruffalo writer Julia Donaldson backs campaign to save libraries




Sunderland Echo : 27 March

Letter : Speechless over library’s insufficient storage






BBC News : 27 March

Police’s ‘rare objection’ to Bridgend hub’s alcohol plan

‘Plans to sell alcohol at a community hub in Bridgend county would have a “negative impact” on the village, police have said.

A community group wants a licence to sell alcohol at the Bettws Life Centre – which has a library, hall and cafe – from noon until midnight every day.

But South Wales Police has concerns about underage drinking and bottles being used as “weapons”.’





Keighley News : 27 March

Bradford | Volunteers come forward to make a success of Silsden Library re-launch


ITV News : 24 March

Darlington Crown Street Library to close




Wigan Today : 24 March

‘Transforming services’ is key to saving them

Merging roles of life centre and library staff, job losses and greater reliance on volunteers – including to deliver the home library service is on the cards as part of this ‘transformation’




Plymouth Herald : 24 March

People power could save Peverell library, says poet laureate




Bath Chronicle : 24 March

LETTER: Time to enhance Bath’s library for all users




Bath Chronicle : 24 March

LETTER: Shocked to hear ‘The council has never said the library was moving’




The Northern Echo : 24 March

Library volunteers resort to FOI in council business rates row


Libraries and reading round up

Harrogate Advertiser : 2 April

Starbeck library officially launches as a volunteer-run service




Harrogate Advertiser: 3 April

Dedicated volunteers make Ripon library launch a success




Morning Star : 3 April

Lambeth | Protesters call on Council to reopen library




The Argus : 3 April

Campaigners anger as Sunday openings Hove Library are ditched




Get West London : 3 April

Planning approval given for contentious new North Kensington Library and Youth Centre




Barnet & Whetstone Press: 3 April

Barnet | Pupils’ exhibition on school fence in protest at library cuts




Borehamwood Times : 3 April

Barnet | Postcards line the Martin Primary School gates as children seek to save the East Finchley library




Borehamwood Times : 3 April

New opening hours launched for Barnet Libraries




Scunthorpe Telegraph : 3 April

North Lincolnshire | £163,000 plan to move library into community swimming pool building




Reading Chronicle : 3 April

Reading Borough Council has introduced a number of changes in a bid to save £290,000


The Bookseller : 21 March

Outrage as Library Service of the Year shortlistee slated for closure



Local Gov : 22 March

Winning libraries for innovation funding are revealed



Libraries Taskforce blog : 22 March

And the successful projects are….



Daventry Express : 22 March

Registration offices move to Daventry library




Bristol Post : 22 March

Campaigners take over closed Cheltenham Road Library to block £9m deal for luxury flats




Brixton blog : 22 March

Lambeth | Campaigners question council libraries decisions




Bury Times : 22 March

‘They feel abandoned’ – Fears for elderly and youth amid library closures




Echo News : 22 March

Basildon | Council asks public for views on latest plans for regeneration in Pitsea

‘The revamped site would also include a new Pitsea Library, subject to successful negotiations with Essex County Council, which runs the library.’


York Press : 14 March

Work under way to create community library
York Press : 14 March
Haxby library funding approved
Plymouth Herald : 14 March
Bury Times : 14 March
Concerns over library closures in Whitefield and Unsworth
Lancashire Post : 14 March
Council must review sale of Fulwood library