Kraft- right on!

Who’s the big monopoly
That’s dropped its promised takeover?
(Kraft)
You’re damn right
Who is the firm
That would sack a whole load of staff?
(Kraft)
Can ya dig it?
Who’s the cat that just opted out
36 hours after its opening shout
(Kraft!)
Right on
You see this cat Kraft is a bad mother

Shun the S*n

This rag,
Murdoch and Mackenzie’s poisonous bag
Of untruth
Lied about our dead,
Lied about heroes
Who came to their aid.

 

The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Don’t buy it,
Don’t sell it.
The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Make our city
Lie and insult free.

 

This rag,
Murdoch and Mackenzie’s poisonous bag
Of untruth
Conspired,
Inspired twenty-seven years
Of hurt.

 

The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Don’t buy it,
Don’t sell it.
The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Make our city
Lie and insult free.

 

 
This rag,
Murdoch and Mackenzie’s poisonous bag
Of untruth
Left the unvarnished truth,
The legal, undeniable truth
Off its front page,
Stirred renewed rage.
The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Don’t buy it,
Don’t sell it.
The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Make our city lie
And insult free.

 

Protest tomorrow, St George’s Hall, 12 noon.

Round up

Bath Chronicle : 15 February

Bath and North East Somerset Council WILL consult over Bath Central Library move

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-and-north-east-somerset-council-will-consult-over-bath-central-library-move/story-30139722-detail/story.html

 

Blackpool Gazette : 16 February

Library jobs under threat to save cash

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/library-jobs-under-threat-to-save-cash-1-8391896

 

 

Litchfield Live : 16 February
Councillor insists Litchfield library petition was based on “scare campaign of misinformation”

http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2017/02/16/councillor-insists-lichfield-library-petition-was-based-on-scare-campaign-of-misinformation/

 

 

Spenborough Guardian : 16 February

Kirklees | LETTER: Libraries are vital and need to be protected

http://www.spenboroughguardian.co.uk/news/your-say/letter-libraries-are-vital-and-need-to-be-protected-1-8390732

Coventry Telegraph : 16 February

Coventry libraries to stay open another year as £2.4m council cuts announced

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-libraries-stay-open-another-12614228

 

Liverpool Echo : 16 February

Budget 2017: 300 jobs to go, 5% council tax rise and libraries under threat

Promise that libraries are ‘safe’ for a year but task group to be set up to look at how to keep libraries running, working with the voluntary sector and others.

“But it is likely that around four libraries will close in 2019.”

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/budget-2017-300-jobs-go-12615690

 

Warrington Guardian : 16 February

Letter | Trust is lost

“What we need is a proper coherent strategy for that library service.”

“Libraries are under such budget pressures because LiveWire has unashamedly milked them in order to cover its commercial losses.”

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/yoursay/letters/15097565.Trust_is_lost/

 

Exeter Express and Echo : 17 February

Date set for sneak preview of new East Devon library

Replaces library in Old Town Hall

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/date-set-for-sneak-preview-of-new-east-devon-library/story-30143409-detail/story.html

 

The Northern Echo : 17 February

North Yorkshire | Town’s cash gift to help library rescue group

Town and parish council donate funds to volunteer-run library group

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15100736.Town___s_cash_gift_to_help_library_rescue_group/

 

The Big Issue : 17 February

This man is saving London’s ailing library from closure

Feature on social enterprise, Eco Communities, who run libraries in Lewisham

http://www.bigissue.com/features/interviews/7337/this-man-is-saving-londons-ailing-libraries-from-closure

 

 

North Somerset Times : 17 February

Nailsea library and college could be sold if services move to Scotch Horn

http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/nailsea_library_and_college_could_be_sold_if_services_move_to_scotch_horn_1_4894765

Round up

Bath Chronicle : 15 February

Bath and North East Somerset Council WILL consult over Bath Central Library move

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-and-north-east-somerset-council-will-consult-over-bath-central-library-move/story-30139722-detail/story.html

 

Blackpool Gazette : 16 February

Library jobs under threat to save cash

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/library-jobs-under-threat-to-save-cash-1-8391896

 

 

Litchfield Live : 16 February
Councillor insists Litchfield library petition was based on “scare campaign of misinformation”

http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2017/02/16/councillor-insists-lichfield-library-petition-was-based-on-scare-campaign-of-misinformation/

 

 

Spenborough Guardian : 16 February

Kirklees | LETTER: Libraries are vital and need to be protected

http://www.spenboroughguardian.co.uk/news/your-say/letter-libraries-are-vital-and-need-to-be-protected-1-8390732

 

The Ballad of Paul Nuttalls of the UKIPs

The ballad of Paul Nuttalls of the UKIPs.
(To the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Boxer)

 
I am just a Tory boy
And my soul is often sold.
I have squandered my existence
For a pocket full of expenses, such is politics
All lies and jests
Still a Kipper hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
When I left my home and my sanity
I was no more than a berk
In the company of Farage
In the quiet of the EU
Running riot,
Grinning oft, seeking out the fatter salaries
Where the corrupted people go
Looking for the high life
Only they would know
Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie

The story of Treezy-Mae and Trumpy Wumpy

Are you sitting comfortably, children?

Good, so let’s begin.

Shall we see who’s in the magic box?

Why, it’s Treezy-Mae.

Just look at her little cat skin shoes.

Aren’t they cute?

 

Who’s in the box with you today, Treezy-Mae?

What’s that? He’s holding your hand

And he won’t let you go?

Ask him to come out, Treezy-Mae.

Oh, look children it’s Trumpy Wumpy,

The orange elephant.

 

Just look at his funny hair.

Do you think it’s his own, children?

What’s that, it belongs to another animal?

Are you saying Trumpy Wumpy

Isn’t all he seems?

Here he comes, climbing out of the box.

Oops, he’s fallen back in.

Careful, Trumpy Wumpy.

 

You can let go of Treezy-Mae’s hand now,

Trumpy Wumpy. She says

She is going to let you sing to all

The lovely Lords and Commons.

What’s that, Berky Werky says no

And all the forest animals

Are shaking their heads?

 

Don’t cry, Trumpy Wumpy,

We’ll find somewhere for you to sing.

Maybe it will be in a glade far away

Or a mountain high.

There’s got to be somewhere

The forest animals won’t find you.

 

Shall we put you both back in the box,

Treezy-Mae? What’s that,

You don’t want to get in the box

With Trumpy Wumpy?

He wants to stroke your cat.

I didn’t know you had a cat,

Treezy-Mae. Well, don’t worry,

You’ve got a box each now.

 

Sleep tight, Trumpy Wumpy.

Sleep tight, Treezy Mae.

You’ll be safe in there.

Be good or we’ll set Corby Worby

On you. Night night, night night.

Libraries and reading round up

Grimsby Telegraph : 11 February

More than 3,000 people sign petition to save Cleethorpes Library
http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/over-3000-signatures-collected-to-save-cleethorpes-library/story-30128969-detail/story.html

 

Bournemouth Echo : 11 February
Dorset  | Job Centre, library and day care centre could all be provided from one building
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15086057.Job_Centre__library_and_day_care_centre_could_all_be_provided_from_one_building/

 

 

Rutland and Stanford Mercury ; 11 February

Lincolnshire | Double celebration for Deeping Library

http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/double-celebration-for-deeping-library-1-7815949

 

South Wales Evening Post : 11 February

Pre-council election row over future of Brynhyfryd Library in Swansea

Row follows rumours that the conclusions of a review of library services are being kept secret until after the council elections

http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/pre-council-election-row-over-future-of-brynhyfryd-library-in-swansea/story-30127257-detail/story.html

 

Plymouth Herald : 11 February

Library closure would ‘devastate’ North Prospect
Plymouth City Council plans to close 10 of the city’s libraries

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/what-north-prospect-thinks-to-library-closure-plan/story-30129060-detail/story.html

 

Blackpool Gazette : 11 February

Lancashire | Council tax rise approved

Tory councillor fails to persuade ruling Labour group to accept alternative budget which he claimed would allow library services & others to be reinstated.

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/politics/council-tax-rise-approved-1-8382801

 

Leigh Journal : 10 February

Wigan | Councillor Mark Aldred shelves MP Chris Green’s claims about the future of Atherton Library
http://www.leighjournal.co.uk/NEWS/15075614.Councillor_shelves_MP_s_library_claims/

North Yorkshire Advertiser : 12 February 2017

Library in need of more help

A library facility dies to open on April 1, run by volunteers, pleads for more volunteer help

http://www.northyorkshireadvertiser.co.uk/news/15087102.Library_in_need_of_more_help/

 

 

The Guardian : 13 February

Hi-tech library project spawns book promoting ‘new ways to work with readers

What we found were libraries and librarians fulfilling a key role in communities. The idea that a librarian can be replaced by a vending machine is just completely ridiculous.”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/13/hi-tech-library-project-spawns-book-promoting-new-ways-to-work-with-readers

 

 

The Big Issue : 13 February

Join The Big Issue’s literacy campaign. Fight for libraries – and the future

http://www.bigissue.com/the-mix/news/7327/join-the-big-issues-literacy-campaign-fight-for-libraries-and-the-future

 

 

Warrington Guardian: 13 February

Library campaigners cautiously welcome new plans

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15084277.Library_campaigners_cautiously_welcome_new_plans/

 

 

South Wales Evening Post: 13 February

Staff and residents assured that Brynhyfryd Library in Swansea is not closing

http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/staff-and-residents-assured-that-brynhyfryd-library-in-swansea-is-not-closing/story-30132316-detail/story.html

The Bookseller : 14 February

Graeme Macrae Burnet backs campaign against Scottish library cuts

Macrae Burnet is backing the CILIPS Libraries Matter campaign

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/graeme-macrae-burnet-backs-campaign-against-scottish-library-cuts-487071

 

Plymouth Herald : 14 February

Closure of library would mean loss of ‘safe place’ for disabled

Closing a city library would mean the loss of a ‘Safe Place’ for people with learning difficulties who are faced with crime, harassment or abuse.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/closure-of-library-would-mean-loss-of-safe-place-for-disabled/story-30135970-detail/story.html

 

Socialist Worker : 14 February

Lambeth | Reports round up: activists protest at Labour assault on libraries

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44 102/Reports+round+up%3A+activists+protest+at+Labour+assault+on+libraries

 

Cheshire Today : 14 February

Group considers future of Warrington libraries

http://www.cheshire-today.co.uk/45126/group-considers-future-of-warrington-libraries/

 

 

Weston Mercury : 14 February

North Somerset Council spending £800k in cash-saving bid after libraries reviewhttp://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/north_somerset_council_spending_800k_in_cash_saving_bid_after_libraries_review_1_4883152

 

 

ITV News : 14 February

Bath | Protesters fight for local library

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-02-14/protesters-fight-for-local-library/

 

Lancashire Post : 14 February

Lancashire | Scrutiny called in over book rumours

http://www.lep.co.uk/your-lancashire/scrutiny-called-in-over-book-rumours-1-8389490

 

 

ITV News : 14 February

Crowd funding appeal to transform Guernsey children’s library

http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2017-02-14/crowd-funding-appeal-to-transform-guernsey-childrens-library/

 

 

Isle of Wight Press: 14 February

‘Much has been achieved’ — Ofsted praise for Medina College

Inspectors commended work done to stock the library with more books and involve the newly appointed librarian in helping raise literacy standards.

http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/much-has-been-achieved-ofsted-praise-for-medina-college-97674.aspx?mn=4

The Bookseller : 14 February

West Berkshire to axe half its library staff

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/west-berkshire-axe-half-its-library-staff-487126

 

Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal : 14 February

Bath & NE Somerset | Waterloo Road’s new Surgery, Library and Children’s Centre

New GP surgery to include library and children’s centre

http://www.mnrjournal.co.uk/article.cfm?id=104503

 

 

Bude & Stratton Post : 15 February

Cornwall | Council to revisit library plans

http://www.bude-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=107380&headline=Council%20to%20revisit%20library%20plans&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

 

Plymouth Herald : 15 February

Comedy writer Armando Iannucci backs Plymouth library campaign

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/comedy-writer-armando-iannucci-backs-plymouth-library-campaign/story-30137914-detail/story.html

 

Plymouth Herald : 15 February

Angry community turns out in force to fight library closure plan

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/angry-community-turns-out-in-force-to-fight-library-closure-plan/story-30139508-detail/story.html

 

Bath Chronicle : 15 February

Hundreds protest in defence of Bath’s library service outside B&NES budget meeting

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/hundreds-protest-in-defence-of-bath-s-library-service-outside-b-nes-budget-meeting/story-30137391-detail/story.html

 

BBC News : 15 February

Director Ken Loach joins hundreds in Bath library move plan protest

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-38975879

 

 

Lichfield Live : 15 February

Green Party accuses Lichfield MP of insulting thousands who signed library petition

http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2017/02/15/green-party-accuses-lichfield-mp-of-insulting-thousands-who-signed-library-petition/

 

 

East Anglian Daily Times : 15 February

All Suffolk libraries safe for now – but struggling with more spending cuts?http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/all_suffolk_libraries_safe_for_now_but_struggling_with_more_spending_cuts_1_4892376

 

Warrington Guardian : 15 February

Focus turns to working group as LiveWire’s library plans approved by councillors

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15093441.Focus_turns_to_working_group_as_LiveWire_s_library_plans_approved_by_councillors/