Library Closures Are Part of Austerity And 30 Years Of Neo-Liberal Smashing Of The Economy


The children’s laureate Chris Riddell and his predecessor Michael Rosen, were among the thousands of campaigners at the protest march against widespread cuts to cultural services outside the British Library in London on Saturday 5 November before marching to a rally in Trafalgar Square.

Lambeth Libraries campaigners set off from Brixton to join the march and rally.

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell Backed The Protest

Back in August Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, declared his support for the planned demonstration, accusing the Conservative Party of using austerity to justify cuts to local councils which have led to the library closures. He pledged that a Labour government would ‘in-source’ public and local council services and increase access to leisure, arts and sports across the country.

“Libraries, museums and galleries are public assets which help to celebrate and promote the rich cultural diversity of our communities,” Corbyn said. “I want to thank the organisers of this event for bringing together this social movement to resist the attacks by this Tory government and for promoting these precious public services”.

John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, added “The Tories have waged a six-year war on our libraries, museums and our galleries,” he said. “These valuable public services which reflect, support and celebrate the rich diversity of our communities should be nourished, not destroyed.”

John McDonnell argues against the neo-liberalism that lies behind austerity.

The UN says austerity has violated disabled people’s rights.

The Guardian reports on research showing  how the smashing of the industrial and manufacturer economies in the 1980s led to the size of the welfare bill.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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