Pansy sends over an email about the new mayor who's been elected at Scarscastle on a "waste-cutting" ticket. It sounds great. In theory. He's one of these who'd have been a member of the Ratepayers' Alliance in the old days.
"Before you get too enthusiastic, check out what's going on in their libraries," I warn her.
"My God. It's not good, is it?"
When library systems folk get together, Helminthdale and Pardendale are looked upon with pity. Even the hardest hearts hear stories about the routine mismanagement of our organisations and feel sorry for us. We, in turn, feel sorry for the folks in Scarscastle.