PUBLISHED: 02:01 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 15 June 2010
Regarding the extensive coverage in the Midweek Herald concerning the closure of Post Offices at Offwell and Axminster. One can only feel greatly sorry for the postmasters, who have lost their living, and the customers, who have lost the convenience of th
Regarding the extensive coverage in the Midweek Herald concerning the closure of Post Offices at Offwell and Axminster. One can only feel greatly sorry for the postmasters, who have lost their living, and the customers, who have lost the convenience of their local services. What is weird about all these closures is the lack of reporting in the media about the real reason for this situation.For most of its existence, the PO has been a universal provider ie: the cost of sending and delivering a letter in remote areas would be the same as in the centre of a big city. To do this the PO needed to be a monopoly and, up until a few years ago, it was successful at this, always making a decent profit for the taxpayer. However, two European Union directives have put paid to this position by taking away this monopoly and allowing other firms, eg: TNT and Deutsche Post, to come in and cherry pick, lumbering the PO with the uneconomic parts. For the past few years the EU has 'allowed' the Government to subsidise the PO by £150m per annum providing that 2,500 Post Offices would be closed, (with possibly another 3,000 in the wings.)While it's not directly this Government's fault, they have been the agent of the decline of the PO and have kept quiet about the EU's role. The EU is a wretched, anti-democratic organisation and as long as we remain 'members' the British way of life will continue to be trashed.(1)EU directive 97/96/EC 'Privatisation of Postal Services' effective September 1999. (2)EU directive 2002/E39/EC 'reduction of weights for a monopoly to 50grms'.Jeremy Allison ChairmanUKIP Axe ValleyWessiters Seaton
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