I’ll tell you what happens with impossible promises,
Like thinking that, in the world’s fifth richest country,
We can keep libraries open
And offer communities the possibilities
You start with far-fetched dreams,
Like children sprawled on the mat
Old people meeting to discuss
The newspapers and fiction,
The unemployed using computers
They can’t afford.
They are then pickled into a rigid dogma,
Called a comprehensive and efficient service,
And you end up in the grotesque chaos of a Labour council
-a Labour council-
hiring lawyers to scuttle round a city
handing out legal notices to its own people.
Alan Gibbons – award winning children’s author.