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Friday, October 11, 2013

Lost in the (Huffington) Post: Labour's Royal Mail betrayal

This piece of mine appears in the Morning Star.

Labour's Chuka Umunna says there have been 'successful' privatisations - but NEIL CLARK struggles to think of any

One of the funniest moments in the hilarious Blackadder Goes Forth series was when our heroes are reminiscing about their time in the first world war trenches before the going "over the top" in the final "big push."
"I mean, we've had some good times. We've had damnably good laughs, eh?" says the silly-arse public schoolboy George (played by Hugh Laurie). "Yes. Can't think of any specific ones, myself..." replies Captain Blackadder.
I was reminded of that classic exchange when reading the article on Labour's policy towards the privatisation of the Royal Mail by shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, published on the Huffington Post website.

You can read the whole piece here.


Anonymous said...

just read your article in the RT , as it has been post up on the royalmailchat website and I could not agree more . what gets me is how the neo-liberals and neo-cons have become so brazen in their pursuit for profit regardless of how it effects the ordinary person. as a postman myself , Friday was a very sad day and even though there may be some strike action , the old Royal Mail will never return.
p.s when are you getting around to writing that next Placepot article for the RFO ??!!

Neil Clark said...

Hi, many thanks,
Yes, Friday was a very sad day. Hugely disappointing that Lab has not committed to renationalising. Place your bets as to how soon the new privatised RM will be lobbying to reduce services. Three days a week delivery to rural areas unless the govt agrees to subsidise it. That's what lies in store for us. Plus plenty more job
s losses and £1 stamps.
Hopefully will do another Placepot article soon! Cheers!