Read Part One of today's goings on
Read Maggie Gee's powerful plea in the Guardian on 31st May 2012
And a comment from All Souls College in the Guardian to the effect that "we find it distressing. We had told the council that we would have been happy for them to have kept the library open, possibly through co-operation with the Friends of Kensal Rise Library, who had developed an interesting business plan. This was not to be, however"
Sorry my filming skills aren't up to much. It's mainly for the chanting anyway. (Enviro/Video activist Lorraine... where were you?)
Just back from Kensal Rise Library where a large group of us waited for Mo Butt's promised visit. And... he came... he smiled... he waffled... he swore on the life of his children... he gave no clear assurances or reassurances or explanations of anything. That's the summary - but there's more below if you can be bothered. But first here are some pictures
By a vicar "Why can't the Friends of Kensal Rise library have a crack at running the library... it would be an easy community win"
By a Willesden Green library supporter "Why are you surreptitiously mismanaging the libraries and treating Brent as your personal fiefdom?"
By a boy "why are you stopping kids from reading?"
By a campaigner "so who does the building belong to now then?"
By Rachael "Are you saying as Leader of the Council that you didn't know that the books were going to be taken out in the middle of the night?"
By a campaigner "Will you keep the books intact? Will you try to promise it?"
By a campaigner who was present when the books were removed "Why was there such a heavy police presence of 15 officers when there were only 5 women there?"
By Maggie Gee "If you want Labour to be forgiven round here you must act quickly. Will you bring back the plaques?"
By Margaret "Why did you jeopardise our position by triggering the reverter of the library building to All Souls College?"
By a campaigner "Is it fair to say that you are very embarrassed by the whole situation?"
Mo's replies were
"All Souls College have been telling us to take everything out of the library... I've always made it clear that I will support you guys... I made it absolutely clear that the books were going to come out... I didn't realise they were going to come out so quickly...The murals are safe and sound... When we negotiate with All Souls for the library to come to you we'll get the murals back...The books were part of an Executive decision to be distributed between the other libraries... I can't promise it... It will be looked into..."
Read the Kilburn Times report
And Michael Rosen has put us on his blog