David Lammy, the minister responsible for libraries, must match his fine words with action

<p>When David Lammy arrived in office last year, the libraries community was buzzing with expectation that--at last--the service may be about to turn the corner. The new Minister for Culture spoke with passion about the sector, wheeling out tales of his own upbringing in a house without books, and the key role libraries have played in his success. Privately he acknowledged that libraries were the part of his sprawling portfolio he was most excited by, fuelling hopes he would do something significant for libraries. </p><p>But 14 months on, his impassioned speeches have become an almost comic...

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