Which events in London during 2011 will bring most lasting disgrace to the capital, and to the nation?Well, the riots. Surely?
The teenage rioters who plundered fashion outlets presented a dismal spectacle. But many will grow up and look back on those moments of madness with embarrassment.Yeeees, because that’s all it was, right? Just a ‘moment of madness’? Not organised greed and thuggery…
So, what’s top of your list, then?
The members and overpaid senior officers of Labour-run Brent Council have no excuses of youth, despair or deprivation. These boorish jobsworths have committed vandalism of a graver sort.Graver than burning down businesses and killing people? Really?!
What the hell have they done, because I’m pretty sure it’s not made the papers?!
Not content with winning the High Court case last week that sought to halt the closure of six branch libraries, Brent council – with indecent haste – dispatched wrecking crews.Oh. That’s it? They argued their case before a judge and won? Those barbarians...
On Thursday they were sent around the borough to board up buildings that for more than a century have brought enlightenment and inspiration to residents.Enlightenment, inspiration, and Catherine Cookson novels….
Of course, the library service requires reform. Many options exist to refresh dowdy branches.Oh, indeed there are. I've highlighted a few in this very blog. And they tend to drive away as many people as they attract, so it’s really a losing proposition all round.
For now, though, the Brent campaigners must be allowed to challenge this official crime against an entire community. And their appeal must prevail.Must it? Well, we’ll see….