Jude Collins

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Dead letter days - thanks, Vince

On a day when stout blades are adding the finishing touches to their bonfires and supplies of lager and  tricolours are being checked, it seems perverse to raise one’s eyes and look beyond. But  the clips of Vince Cable talking yesterday have driven me to it. If anyone can think of a bigger rip-off than his proposed privatization of the Royal Mail, I’d like to hear about it. 

Despite the dumb title (what has  QE2 have to do with letter-delivery - does she get a temporary job each Christmas?), the Royal Mail is a magical system. Agreed it’s been run down -  I now get my letters around noon, whereas in former years they’d be here around 8.00 a.m. or earlier - but it still delivers throughout the United Kingdom (yes I know, I know, but let it go for now) with everything at a standard rate. That is, a letter sent to Cornwall will cost the same (and should be delivered in a similar time-scale) as one to Coleraine. And that’s where the privatising bastards come in.

Once privatized, three things will happen:  the work-force will be slashed, the pay of workers cut and it’ll cost you more to send a letter to Hull than it will to Fintona. In case they’d have any difficulty getting this iniquitous bill passed, Vince Cable, that fine liberal, will arrange a £2,000 pay-off to postal workers. It’s like giving the condemned man a slap-up feed while the firing squad oil their guns and practice aiming. 

Granted, the destruction of the system as we know it doesn’t affect us as much now, since the internet and texting and mobile phones carry a lot of our communication with each other. But there are still occasions when we all rely on the Post Office to deliver something for us -  a precious parcel, a special letter.  What Cable is planning is symptomatic of the thinking of the present ghastly British government: destroy anything that involves people working together,  give a leg-up to anything that’ll produce competition red in tooth and claw.

But it hasn’t happened yet, so I’ll expect the usual vanful of pressies and fancy cards on my birthday tomorrow. Let me thank you in anticipation - go raibh  cead maith agaibh.


  1. As I listened to the lies spewing out about the proposed privatisation of the Royal Mail, I was wondering how they would be able to afford to pay the delivery men in the future. “You know?” I said to my wife, “In a year or two’s time, you’ll probably have to go to a central point and collect your mail, as they will not be able to pay the post men.” “Aye,” says the wife, “And they’ll probably charge you to get in there too.”

  2. Vince Cable is a member of Politeia’s Westminster Advisory Council along with Frank Field, Michael Gove, Lord McFall and Francis Maude.

    Think Thatcher writ large…


    Their strapline before their current Westminster Advisory Council members got Government positions: ‘How far should government seek to follow the economic liberalism which proved so successful in the 1980s?’

    Didn’t Edward du Cann and the back room Josephites mostly end up bankrupt?

    Makes you wonder who did get rich out of these Vampire Capitalists?

    Interesting the Government allowed the public purse to pay down the debt before privatization so their cronies could get more money. Still we know they work very hard for those funding their parties. Probably a nice board position in a bank or hedge fund after they bleed the public dry.

  3. Happy birthday ,Jude.Trust the "pater familias" is being treated with due respect by his family today!