Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Inside the Post Office Twitter reactions - including the 'audacity' of that Prada handbag

Viewers divided over whether Government decision to cut subsidy for two-thirds of branches is cruel or a necessary evil

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The increasing privatisation of a much-loved British institution, the Post Office, has become the divisive subject of BBC2 documentary Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

The programme followed small Post Office branches around the country, which - stripped of their £10,000 Government subsidy - have been told they must modernise or else face closure.

Cue dozens of tweets voicing support for local business owners forced to shut up shop, but also a fair few responses that British people must learn to adapt to change.

TV review: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered Twitter reactions:

That insensitive Prada handbag

Yes, in a documentary that pitted petty British sensibilities against each other – it was, unsurprisingly, a Prada handbag that caused the biggest ‘uproar’ on Twitter.

Post Office “moderniser” Caroline should not have been sporting a Prada handbag to tell small businesses they face closure, according to viewers.

Privatisation is bad

The documentary won’t have helped the BBC rid itself of its “left leaning” image.

The cruel irony of Carol having to post her resignation

In the most damning example of what privatisation does to people’s lives, Cromford’s postmistress wept as she was forced to sign her exit forms – and was then asked to post them.

Change is good

It is only fair that families who have run their Post Offices for 25 years now diversify into ready meals, masking tape and mobile phone accessories or face closure, right?

The Union guy was not so helpful

The CWU Trade Union rep appeared to be hindering more than helping Post Office business owners.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Inside the Post Office continues on Wednesday 5 August on BBC2.

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