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The Privatisation of Royal Mail: Are you ready to deliver your own letters?


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#1 John Drake

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:45 PM

Enjoyed reading this. Written in jest, but with the ring of truth about it.

 

The Privatisation of Royal Mail: Are you ready to deliver your own letters?
http://www.independe...rs-8703612.html


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#2 archibald

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:01 PM

It'd be quicker. My Uni results were posted out on the 28th June. Still nothing.

#3 Johnoco

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:08 PM

Pretty funny that. Shame I can't be arsed to complain

#4 Methven Hornet

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:06 PM

I already deliver my own letters!


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#5 D9000

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:22 PM

What letters? I haven't written a letter for about thirty years!



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 05:44 PM

If it is turning a profit, why sell it surely we the tax payers already own it a benefit from the money it puts into the exchequer.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:35 PM

If it is turning a profit, why sell it surely we the tax payers already own it a benefit from the money it puts into the exchequer.

We do indeed own it, yet I haven't had the form where I get to tell them whether they can put prices of stamps up.

 

Letter posted from Manchester on 28th still hasn't found my house 15 days later, a distance of less than 30 miles. I sent a parcel from work to Belgium last week, less than 24 hours later it's there.

 

The only "post" I've received this week has been junk mail, delivered by the royal mail.



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 09:49 AM

If it is turning a profit, why sell it surely we the tax payers already own it a benefit from the money it puts into the exchequer.

 

 

correct, but this sale is an ideological one.


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#9 walter sobchak

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:38 AM

Nothing more than making a quick buck and to hell with the long term consequences, if the labour party support this then should hang their head in shame.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:38 AM

If it is turning a profit, why sell it surely we the tax payers already own it a benefit from the money it puts into the exchequer.

 

Indeed.


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#11 longboard

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

correct, but this sale is an ideological one.

 

It's also a financially driven one view to achieving an electoral benefit, a bit like the privatisations in the 1980s. The difference now is that there is little left for the government to sell off. There are parts of the Royal Mail service that private companies are not interested in providing at a nationally even cost eg a six day a week service to places in the back of beyond. Will there be guarantees that this will be maintained by a privatised service? How long will such  guarantees last as letter writing declines?



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

It's also a financially driven one view to achieving an electoral benefit, a bit like the privatisations in the 1980s. The difference now is that there is little left for the government to sell off. There are parts of the Royal Mail service that private companies are not interested in providing at a nationally even cost eg a six day a week service to places in the back of beyond. Will there be guarantees that this will be maintained by a privatised service? How long will such  guarantees last as letter writing declines?

 

I think from past experience we can be sure that any guarantees on service levels will be forgotten about once the shares have all been sold. Prices will rocket, service levels will fall and there will be nothing anyone can do about it.


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#13 longboard

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:59 AM

I think from past experience we can be sure that any guarantees on service levels will be forgotten about once the shares have all been sold. Prices will rocket, service levels will fall and there will be nothing anyone can do about it.

 

Agreed.



#14 archibald

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:12 AM

Nothing more than making a quick buck and to hell with the long term consequences, if the labour party support this then should hang their head in shame.

it was the labour party who had the initial idea. Good old Mandelson

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:18 AM

it was the labour party who had the initial idea. Good old Mandelson


Mandelson, Blair, brown etc in fact new labour are just Tories in disguise, conservative light.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:25 AM

it was the labour party who had the initial idea. Good old Mandelson

 

But the Parliamentary Labour Party had people in it who scuppered the plans. Do the Tories? Do the Lib Dems?


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:31 AM

it was the labour party who had the initial idea. Good old Mandelson

All too true, unfortunately :(

Mandelson began maneuvering towards this years ago when they allowed private companies to start delivering mail. Of course what these did was pinch the profitable bits of Royal Mail while leaving the costly bits alone. No wonder RM were losing money when the 'competition' stacked everything in the favour of the private companies.

Edited by Griff9of13, 13 July 2013 - 11:33 AM.

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#18 Li0nhead

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:47 AM

Would 3/4 days a week deliveries really be too bad? 

Surly these days we send parcels via private efficient firms anyway? Time critical information is often done via e-mail anyway. 



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:53 AM

Would 3/4 days a week deliveries really be too bad? 
Surly these days we send parcels via private efficient firms anyway? Time critical information is often done via e-mail anyway.

It would be bad for the workforce of royal mail, large job losses.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:58 AM

It would be bad for the workforce of royal mail, large job losses.

Which may have been already off-set by the growth of parcel delivery firms in recent years due to buying off the internet. 

 

We should not simply employ people for the sake of it. We should employ them if its necessary to employ them. Happens in the real world.






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