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Money talks, despite what people want

PUBLISHED: 19:25 16 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, YET another relocation bright idea’ that will happen, despite what the people want. In all things concerning big business or government verses the people,’ final decisions go with the money

Dear Editor,

YET another relocation 'bright idea' that will happen, despite what the people want.

That first sentence is a prediction of what will happen to the archive ('The East End's famous history library and archives could be evicted to make way for a prestigious collection of documents detailing the horrors of the Holocaust, Advertiser, June 12).

In all things concerning big business or 'government verses the people,' final decisions go with the money.

Very rarely do the needs of a community triumph. On the rare occasions they do triumph, invariably the decision is reversed or amended at a later, quieter date.

With Tower Hamlets council about to 'trouser' £1.2 million, the archive is out of Bancroft Hall.

The 'little' people don't know what is best for them.

I know this letter may read as a cynical missive. But it is only a reflection of my experiences of past decision-making processes.

Did the 'people' want the library moved? I bet those that were involved in any way with the library did not.

What did 'the money' say was best? Let me guess, Canary Wharf (bad) Idea Store.

The council doesn't care about East London heritage... only the bottom line on the balance sheet.

Alan Chattaway

valiskster@googlemail.com


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