The government complains about our very own public Royal Mail being too slow, too expensive, not profitable. Then, they allow competition onto the market in the form of Whistl (formerly TNT Post), based on the ludicrous first law of conservative government logic: A commercial enterprise can replace a public service, give better service to the public and be profitable.
They even helped supporting Whistl and dug Royal Mail’s grave deeper by sending government and (Ealing) council letters through the new private service. That’s the second ludicrous all-parties government law: if your public services fail to please you, do your best to ruin them even further.
Now Whistl reached the end of their wits, suspended mail delivery, and sets 2000 workers free to pursue other interests. (BBC)
I suppose the good news is that some revenue in the relatively lucrative areas (cities of London, Liverpool and Manchester) will bounce back to Royal Mail. That’s a start, if only the fools in Whitehall now went on and understood the principle of a public service: It is not a business, it is not required to be profitable, only as cost-effective and efficient as possible. It is a service which we, as the society, afford ourselves with our tax money.
There. Now you know. No more excuses!
- Whistl’s song fades as it pulls delivery service (thetimes.co.uk)
- Royal Mail boss demands positive action to get women on boards (independent.co.uk)
- Exclusive: Ofcom to criticise Royal Mail efficiency (independent.co.uk)