Wednesday, 9 May 2012

What's Wrong With Ed Vaizey? - John Dougherty

Much has been written about the singular uselessness of Ed Vaizey.

For those of you who don't know, he's the UK Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries, and as such is responsible for supervising library services in England; you can read more about how badly he's failed to do this at the excellent Public Libraries News.

For those of you who do know - and that's all of you now, if you've read the preceding paragraph - I hope you enjoy this little home movie.




Please feel free to share it around. You'll find the embed code here if you'd like to screen it on your own blog or website.


John's website is at www.visitingauthor.com.
He's on twitter as @JohnDougherty8.

His latest books include:







Finn MacCool and the Giant's Causeway - a retelling for the Oxford Reading Tree
Bansi O'Hara and the Edges of Hallowe'en
Zeus Sorts It Out - "A sizzling comedy... a blast for 7+" , and one of The Times' Children's Books of 2011, as chosen by Amanda Craig

33 comments:

Philip Booth said...

Big thanks - great stuff - have just embedded in Stroud Community TV's website: http://stroudcommunity.tv/whats-wrong-with-ed-vaizey-john-dougherty-on-libraries/

Catherine Butler said...

Oh, that's excellent!

Cindy Jefferies said...

Brilliant John. Deserves to go viral!

Elen C said...

WOOP!
Should be our Eurovision entry.

malachy doyle said...

Superb, John!

Johanna said...

Thanks John! This is fab!

Meanwhile, 5 months later.....Ed Vaizey still has not replied to our open letter.

http://foclibrary.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/joint-open-letter-to-ed-vaizey-from-library-user-groups-please-consider-signing-and-circulating/

Rude! AND Lazy!

carlin said...

EXCELLANT

John Dougherty said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments! And, yes, WHY hasn't Ed Vaizey replied to Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries?

Anonymous said...

because he thinks is he ignores us we will go away. We wont.

Sue Purkiss said...

Absolutely brilliant, John! Thanks - will pass it on in Somerset...

Tommy Donbavand said...

Wonderful stuff, John! I'll tweet it far and wide.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Poor soul, probably set out to do his best, but like most of us, came unstuck.

John Dougherty said...

You may be right, Carole Anne - but my thinking is, it's more like that Groucho Marx line:

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them.... I have others!"

Nick Green said...

Fab! Deserves to be bigger than the Beatles...

Ellen Renner said...

Totally brilliant, John. Off to tweet & even crawl back on to FB for this. Deserves to go viral.

madwippitt said...

Brilliant!

T. Sansome said...

Great stuff John. Will pass it on!

T. Sansome said...

Great stuff John. Will pass it on!

michelle lovric said...

Heroic! And hopefully extremely provoking.

Jackie Marchant said...

Great stuff! I love the way your guitar turns into an exe!

Lynne Benton said...

Excellent, John! Hope all the right people see it and pass it on to the man concerned.

Penny Dolan said...

Especially love the "psychiatrist" and the shrinking people in the shirt - and, of course the message. Brilliant as ever!

Savita Kalhan said...

Brilliant!

Gary Green said...

Love it! Nice work. :-)

Linda said...

Absolutely brilliant! How do we get Mariella Frostrup to adopt it as the theme for her Book Show?

Anonymous said...

Fantastic. Should be aired on terrestrial TV, everywhere.

Does anyone have contacts?

Liz D said...

Absolutely fabulous - Thankyou John!

Linda Newbery said...

Wonderful, John. Have put it on my Facebook page. Can I be in your backing group next time, please?

Helen Briggs said...

Excellent it really gets the message across. It would be great to see this on the news as a comment on the effectiveness of the government .

Nic H said...

Fantastic matey,used it yesterday and today as an intro to politics with years 5 and 6 !!!

Odette said...

Great way of getting the message across. Catchy tune! I'm forwarding this link to friends.

Anonymous said...

Judging by a comment I heard at an Arts Council 'Imagining Libraries of the future' event last week, at least some chief librarians seem to have fallen for Vaisey's alleged 'passionate concern' for libraries. God help us.

Davinia said...

This is so ruddy fantastic!!!