Thursday, 22 October 2009
The Last Battle of the Seventies
'And the first shall be last'
The Post Office, founded by Cromwell in 1657 is finally coming to an end as a State Monopoly after 352 years. For the History of the failure of both Labour and Tory to privatise the Post Office see here. Hear Ken Clarke say it was inexplicable that Thatcher would not privatise the Post Office, hear the young Alan Johnson, a former postie say that it was inevitable that the last Dinosaur would have to change.
Mandelson has had a dabble this summer, but political considerations of the old guard Labour as the Brown Government became more impotent was far more important.So Peter Poppet has washed his hands of the Royal Mail, and the black hole of the unfunded Post Office pension.
Yesterday I had written communications with Bristol, London, South Africa,Angola and the United States. I also paid my phone bill in France on line. Not one stamp was purchased. Why therefore should I pay one penny in subsidy to this organisation ? Every day I receive more junk mail than post.
I feel genuinely sorry for our local postie whose job is at risk, but even he thinks that the Unions and Management are like children squabbling over a broken toy.
The last dinosaur is about to blow its brains out with this strike, which will not bother me a jot. Communications have changed in the last twenty years, delivering my business post at 4.30pm has happened last week is of no use to me, therefore I rarely use the post.
Degrading the service even further, and asking for more public money is not going to wash this time. I did like the Leader of the CWU calling Mandelson the Minister for no resposibility. It looks like the Labour Party and friends still do not love Peter Poppet.
Sarkozy calls for a special summit to crown King Tony FFS