Newsnight tonight: libraries and public spending cuts

<p>Library campaigner Tim Coates is set to make the case for defending the public library service from the imminent government spending cuts in BBC2&#39;s current affairs programme &quot;Newsnight&quot; tonight (Tuesday 8th June).</p><p>Coates will be a participant in what the programme is calling its own &quot;mini-consultation&quot; on where the government&#39;s forthcoming cuts should come, with a panel including MP John Redwood.</p><p>The &quot;Newsnight&quot; discussion comes in the wake of a BBC Radio 4 &quot;Today&quot; programme interview this morning in which Alan Downey, head of public sector at consultants KPMG, raised the possibility of libraries being run by volunteers in future.</p>