What do you make of the news that Essex County Council has become the first local authority in the country to discuss taking over the running of post offices earmarked for closure?
The council is negotiating a buy-out price from the Post Office and said some of the 32 threatened branches could be saved within two months. The closures in Essex were among 2,500 nationwide announced in 2006 in a bid to stem network losses of £4m a week. Postal Affairs Minister Pat McFadden has given approval to the scheme.
Isn’t this re-nationalisation through the back door? I disapprove of the State extending any area of its influence, and a Council taking over loss-making Post Offices seems a recipe for higher council taxes, in my view.