Bennett's Newsnight library defence becomes Twitter trend

Author Alan Bennett trended on UK Twitter last night following a BBC2 Newsnight interview in which he reiterated his previously expressed view that closing libraries constitutes child abuse. Bennett told the programme that the lack of an opportunity to read damages a child forever. His views were enthusiastically espoused on Twitter, resulting in his name appearing among the most cited phrases in the UK after the programme.

Bennett took part in a fundraising event at St Martin's Church in Kensal Green yesterday evening to generate money to support the campaign to keep the library. Brent campaigners are asking for £5 donations to raise the £30,000 required to take their case over local library closures to judicial review.

Author Tim Lott and Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs appeared live on Newsnight to debate the future of libraries later that night, with Littlewood opining that if Bennett wanted to support them he should pay the money himself rather than expecting taxpayers to do so.