Privatising the Royal Mail is a superb activity, which I wholeheartedly support.
I say this for two-and-a-half reasons – or more accurately, three reasons, one of which I half-believe.
1) it will certainly piss off the gloating lefty twats referred to below.
2) it is also massively unpopular amongst traditional Tory sorts.
Since hardline public sector Trots and social-conservative Tories, together, are the two political groups I’d most like to rub with sandpaper and throw into pits of a salt-and-vinegar mix, these two sell the programme to me in-and-of-itself.
Point number three is the one about efficiency and service quality. I suppose it’s theoretically possible that Deutsche Post or TNT might actually improve matters… after all, they certainly couldn’t make them worse.
However, I don’t really buy the argument that ‘private sector necessarily = better service quality’. Nor do I care; if we can get the service off the taxpayers’ books at the lowest possible cost, then that’s pretty much a win. As it’s of no use for anything whatsoever (anything important will probably be lost/stolen, so best couriered or picked up face-to-face; anything unimportant is unimportant; and online is a far better medium for written person-to-person communication than post in every way anyway…), who gives a fuck whether it collapses or not as long as we’re not paying?