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August 27, 2010


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Richard Hawkins

Couldn't agree more.

I'm ashamed to admit that I used to quite like Frank Skinner, but not any longer.

Katy Wrathall

I went to see Frank Skinner many years ago. I left part way through. He spent the whole time ridiculing an elderly gentleman in the front row, for having grey hair, for possibly having prostate problems and for possibly having a hearing disability. I assume he thinks he is being clever and grabbing some limelight from this debate. I completely agree that these misconceptions must be addressed, loudly and authoritatively. As for Skinner, perhaps his books should be withdrawn from public libraries in protest? Or does nobody borrow them anyway?

Richard Hawkins

I was referring to his Fantasy Football League days by the way.

Andy daglish

Never liked him. I agree with all comments about his humour. He's a ponce off the alternative comdey circuit. Sounds like the new Condemocrats have a new ambassador.

Hilary Ely

Gosh no - last thing to do is withdraw his books. Bring them forward, make a display of them, check out his PLR stats and remind him and the world of them. Who knows - perhaps they're gratifyingly tiny. We're better, nicer, nobler than he is.

As for that stat - depressing to re-learn the adage that a lie can run twice round the world before the truth has got her boots on.

Ian Anstice

The Times will naturally print anti-library material. Public libraries represent a free-at-point-of-sale distribution system that the Times - and every else in the Murdoch empire hates. It's the same as their desire to shut down the BBC.

The Guardian - no surprise again - is the most pro public library. See their response to the Frank Skinner piece for instance at http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2010/sep/01/frank-skinner-free-libraries.

The Telegraph is more halfway. It accepts the needs for cuts but is aware that a lot of its readers are keen library users. Their attitude can be best be described as hearkening back to the libraries circa 1960 but with perhaps more volunteers.

Touch times are ahead. It was a pro-library campaigner (Coates) who came up with the "up to 1000" figure after all. Talk to your friends, talk to users and prepare them for the coming battle... because when it comes, librarians will be told not to say anything or lose their jobs.

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