Brent Culture Councillor tries to slur Mark Twain

Mark Twain opens Kensal Rise Library

Mark Twain, one of the world's great writers, at the opening ceremony of Kensal Rise Library

In an outburst in response to the huge media coverage of the campaign to save Kensal Rise Library, Brent’s Culture Councillor James Powney has tried to defend his actions by slurring Mark Twain. Writing on his blog, the councillor – whose attempts to close half of Brent’s libraries have been described by Alan Bennett as “child abuse” – dismissed Mark Twain’s connection to Kensal Rise Library, saying that “the building’s link to Mark Twain is that he opened it while he was fleeing his creditors in the USA”.

Mark Twain - under attack from Cllr James Powney

Mark Twain - under attack from Cllr James Powney

The embattled councillor also attempted to defend his and Brent Council Leader Ann John’s decision to hide from the press, arguing that he cannot discuss his so-called “Libraries Transformation Project” whilst a legal challenge is under way – before going on to write about libraries in great detail on his blog.

Cllr James Powney

Cllr James Powney, who is attacking Mark Twain, one of the world's great writers

 

 

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  1. Pingback: People of Brent tell Cllr Ann John: don’t hurt Brent’s young people. Save our libraries. | Save Kensal Rise Library!

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