It hadn't really occurred to me until now. It seems that the Tories have a general problem with the concept that literacy is a good thing. Locally Councillor Robert Rams wants to shut all of our libraries. He thinks we should order books online from Tescos. Does he think this will improve child literacy.
Nationally, the first act of the Tories was to scrap the school rebuilding program (or our investment in the future as I like to call it). Now there are plans to make University education horrendously expensive. Having destroyed our manufacturing base under Margaret Thatcher, our intellectual capacity was our unique selling point as a nation. Now this is being systematically destroyed. How any sane government could plan to cut research budgets is beyond me.
I suppose in about 20 years time they'll be banging on about illiterate spongers who can't read, write or get a job and be blaming their victims for the problems. It is sickening and stupid.
I can't do much, but I can urge you to sign the library petition