My comments on a Charles Moore's column today about Royal Mail privatization.... See article here on Telegraph web site He points out that in less than a hundred years we've gone from 12 punctual deliveries every day to just one half hearted delivery six days a week. How did this happen? How did we get here??
"Sadly I have to agree with this. My experience of the postal service in recent
times is mainly queuing up at the central post office in Tonbridge. You wait 5
or ten minutes to be called by a computerized voice to the relevant counter. You
are then served by, usually a woman, who looks like she'd rather be any where
else but serving you. As they used to say on Coronation Street "A face as long
as Rosamund Street!" Being a bookseller I go to the PO at least twice a week and
it's my least pleasurable part of the week. Not so long ago I used to drive to
a nice little sub Post Office which was on my way home. Olive was lovely and
knew everyone by name; she'd often remind me to put "Printed Papers" on my boxes
and envelopes. Of course they closed her down in the last round of sub PO
closures. In fact when I moved to Tonbridge 20 odd years ago there were, I
think, nine sub POs around the outskirts of the town. Now there are just two.
Would privatization improve this situation? Let's hope so because, as you say
Charles, a virtually monopoly means that, to paraphrase an old ad campaign, they
try less harder!..."
"I do hope that they keep the post boxes red. I still remember the great feeling
of pride when my mum trusted me to run to the post box on the corner of the
street. I was about six I suppose. Somehow the memory wouldn't be quite the same
if it had been a clear plastic box!..."