Access to power in this world – assuming you are not already a billionaire or a sociopath, or both – can only be achieved through the democratic process, and it’s a rare person indeed who doesn’t succumb to its fascination Continue reading Against tribalism: “for the many, not the few”
I was on the telly last week. It was in episode 3 of the BBC2 series, Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Inside the Post Office, about the occupation of our Crown Post Office on the day the building closed down for redevelopment. A copy exists on YouTube if you want to watch it. I’m a bit-part player, that’s all. You see me carrying a bucket and then explaining what it will be used for. The programme also features Hugh Lanning, James Flanagan, and Brian Hitcham; plus the talented Justin Mitchell, playing a moving rendition of the Last Post on his bugle, … Continue reading Who’s really profiting from post office’s loss?
Julian Brazier, our Conservative Party election candidate, has intervened in the Post Office debate by stressing the “urgency of getting the mobile building alternative in place before the Gladstone Road site closes.” I can’t see anyone in Whitstable arguing with this. Where some of us might disagree, however, is in the status of the service that will be housed in the new, temporary space. Mr Brazier is on record as saying that “in principle” he has “no problem with the Post Office moving to another store as part of a franchise.” I’d just like to remind readers that, … Continue reading Save Whitstable Crown Post Office
It seems that the closure of the Gladstone Road Post Office in Whitstable is a foregone conclusion. In a statement to the Gazette last week Post Office spokesman Cathal Wogan said: “When a preferred franchise partner is identified we will conduct a public consultation.” “When” not “If”. You should also note the sequence of events. First they intend to find the partner, and only after that will they allow us a public consultation. There will be no consultation over whether we want a franchised Post Office in the first place. Our MP, Julian Brazier, says he has no objection to … Continue reading Privatisation making postal service worse
As you will know by now, the Royal Mail Enquiry office on Cromwell Road, Whitstable, has finally closed. This means that many of you will be travelling to Canterbury to pick up your undelivered packages. However, there are a number of other options available, and you should have received a letter from the Royal Mail outlining these. As it says, you can have the item redelivered on a day of your choice, you can have it delivered to a local Post Office, subject to a small charge, or you can have it delivered to a neighbour. However, there is one … Continue reading No need to travel to Canterbury to pick up undelivered mail
I went to the public meeting about the closure of the Gladstone Road Post Office on Friday. Julian Brazier was there, and as well as coming out very clearly in support of the franchising out of services to a supermarket, he also went on to say a number of interesting things about the delivery office closure too. He said, “I compared notes with Sir Roger Gale and neither of us has had a single complaint. The issue was, they believed they could run it more efficiently that way, and the fact that there haven’t been any of the predicted disasters … Continue reading Public meeting about the closure of the Gladstone Road Post Office
As you will know by now, the post office in Gladstone Road, Whitstable is about to close. This will come as no surprise to people who use the facility regularly, as it has been abundantly clear for some time that it is being run down. There are hardly any leaflets available, there are no pens along the counter where the public queue, and nothing seems to be on sale any more. The whole office has a dreary and neglected air. This is only one of 70 post offices up and down the country that are due to close or to … Continue reading Post Office Closures and the Privatisation Agenda