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Guest grumpy-old-man
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6664109.stm

But of course we've all nothing better to do than queue all day.

that's how they managed to post profits about 2 years ago, when that bean counter (can't remember his name) took over as CEO.

If a few years you all will see that a lot of profits posted by large supermarkets & high street stores have been brought about by cost reduction by getting rid of overheads (like staff :blink: ), rather than creating actual profit. (not in all cases though)

For example did you know that when high street sales were shown as UP after xmas, what they actually said was "we sold a lot more of our product" but at reduced prices, it was sales of the items that were up (but at reduced costs) & that means that they had taken less profit per item overall iirc.

This will have been people tightening the purse strings & looking for bargains.

all anecdotal, although I'm sure there will be stats somewhere. :rolleyes:

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And more travelling - so much for Greener Britain.

What about the old folk too, not very good for them either!

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The post offices have had so much stuff took away from them. You can't buy a tv licence there anymore...

If the government wanted post offices then we'd keep them but this is part of a bigger thing.

Old people like cash. They get their pension cash at the PO and spend it unseen - under the radar - make people use plastic and you know what they're doing.

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The post offices have had so much stuff took away from them. You can't buy a tv licence there anymore...

If the government wanted post offices then we'd keep them but this is part of a bigger thing.

Old people like cash. They get their pension cash at the PO and spend it unseen - under the radar - make people use plastic and you know what they're doing.

Very well said, All.

And I'm bumping this up to the top because for most of us the PO is very important, we shouldn't need to take a half day off to find an open one and then allow an hour to queue - the other day took 30 mins in a queue to post a recorded delivery!

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...Old people like cash. They get their pension cash at the PO and spend it unseen - under the radar - make people use plastic and you know what they're doing.

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And the rumorers are nearly 40.000 posties might lose there jobs :o

It's going to be rough ride at RM <_<

I am glad i am out :rolleyes:

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Of course it will be blamed on lazy youngsters that don't want to work for £6 an hour when even the smallet flat cost £200,000. The only way out of this is to create squatter camps for cheap labour in each village.

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they are closing the crap ones where 79 old mrs smith pops in to have a chat, and sometimes posts the odd 30p letter, and has a flutter on the lottery.

half the village is empty, half the year anyway. except when mr-2-property-owners-club chap rumbles in on his 4x4stuffed with food from harrods who claims provides a social service by keeping the village "alive".

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closing post offices is a national disgrace :angry:

as is not funding the re-establishing of local blacksmiths, chimney sweeps, rag and bone men, etc etc etc.....

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The only way out of this is to create squatter camps for cheap labour in each village.

We have this in Oxford. It's only a few dozen tents so far, but already they have an internal economy of drugs, prostitution and feu rents.

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they are closing the crap ones where 79 old mrs smith pops in to have a chat, and sometimes posts the odd 30p letter, and has a flutter on the lottery.

half the village is empty, half the year anyway. except when mr-2-property-owners-club chap rumbles in on his 4x4stuffed with food from harrods who claims provides a social service by keeping the village "alive".

http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Guar...ffice_final.pdf

Yes rural manchester is losing 6.

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There are 14,000 Post offices in the UK. With the closures 90% of the population will still be within one mile of a Post Office. The ones being closed are those that have sometimes as little as 16 customers a week. No other business could survive on just 16 customers a week, unless it was a Porsche dealership in Dubai.

Everyone's forgetting the Deregulation of the market : the RM is being forced to provide downstream access to it's coimpetitors for 'the final mile', whereby TNT/ETC etc will do all but the final mile of the delivery. TNT/ETC will drop bags off at RM Sorting/Delivery offices, and the RM is obligated by law to deliver it's competitors mail at "X"p per item : it is being forced by law to subsidise the competition, as the final mile costs an awful lot more than "X"p. The competition don't have the infrastructure in place to deliver.

That's where the problem is. If the competition had to deliver the final mile as well, you'd see the true cost of post rise. In the UK, post costs around half what it does in the rest of Europe. if you wanted rid of teh RM, you'd be paying at least double for your post.

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