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The despatch box

We're you thinking what the Conservatives were thinking? Did you believe the Lib Dems were the real alternative? Is Labour moving forward not back? This blog will focus on all things political. It will be irritating, agitating and maybe just maybe it will get you thinking.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The last POST?

From January 1st private companies are allowed to compete on an equal footing with are much loved - but monopolistic Royal Mail. The problem for Royal Mail - is they are "stuck" with the Universal Service Obligation - which means they have to deliver a letter to everyone within the UK at a Uniform tariff. This means a letter from Land End can get to the Highlands in Scotland - and even though it costs much more than 30p to get it there - that's what the consumer pays.

Now in its wisdom the Government have gone for some part liberalisation of the market - which effectively means private companies can cherry pick. I wonder if these companies will fancy delivering mail across the breadth of the country - or just fancy some profitable sity wide contracts.


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