Letter to the Whitstable Gazette:
It is a sad state of affairs when the only way people can hold allegedly
public services to account is via media pressure. While I am in full
support of the public meeting to save the Crown Post Office - I will be
there - the reason that we are forced to protest this way is primarily
due to the continuous agenda of privatisation of public services
undertaken by the successive governments of the three 'big' parties.
I firmly believe that public services should be run by local or national
government and that we should be able to hold them to accountable via
our elected representatives. Being able to influence the decisions of
public services via democratic means has to be right. Limited companies
offering franchises might be a reasonable model for McDonalds but it is
no way to run an essential public service.
The Crown Post Office must not be allowed to close. Opening a small
counter service in supermarket simply won't provide the service or the
jobs that Whitstable needs. We need to fight this.