Tuesday, 3 April 2007
Post Office update - part Grrr...
In my long running campaign to get this noticed, I have neglected to read the output form Government Ministers' for a couple of weeks.
However, now as we expected the Government has delayed the publication of its own consultation (here).
The Post Office consultation was commenced in December and was due to finish in March. In fact it did, on 8 March 2007.
What is so predictable is that the outcome of this consultation has magically been delayed until mid-May 2007. Nicely timed to be after the local elections.
The government is determined not to make the closure of local services a local election issue. What a nice honest bunch of people they are!
I am not in principle against closing loss making Post Offices the way, however the Government have interfered in this market for so long that it has become completely destabilised and has lost its core business model. Government withdrawal of benefits paid through post offices is a typical example of this.
However, what makes me angry is that this mes is a key political issue and the problems are politically caused; so of course the Government wants to avoid them becoming an election issue.
Posted by CityUnslicker