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.
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.
Her in her sad sports car with her flashy Prada bag, telling people work longer hours or lose your livelihood. Nice. #signedsealeddelivered— Merle's World (@merlebrown) July 30, 2015
#signedsealeddelivered not too sure turning up to a Post Office where you're affecting people's livelihoods with PRADA bag is appropriate— Mark Catchlove (@markcatchlove) July 29, 2015
Prada bag woman seems to relish telling people they're no longer fit for purpose #signedsealeddelivered— James (@jaygee72) July 29, 2015
"Network Transformation"?! call it what is delivering redundancy notices by people with Prada bags driving bmw's. #signedsealeddelivered— Conan McIvor (@conanmcivor) July 29, 2015
Privatisation is bad
The documentary won’t have helped the BBC rid itself of its “left leaning” image.
Spitting feathers watching #signedsealeddelivered the poor Post Office in the grip of the greedy bastards of rampant privatisation— Lumberjilly (@lumberjilly) July 29, 2015
"Took difficult decisions" is a soft way of saying "we ruthlessly destroy the spirit of the business locally" #signedsealeddelivered— QueenThingy GT (@QueenThingy) July 29, 2015
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.
Not 1 ounce of recognition from The Post Office for people like Carol who've devoted their lives to their community #signedsealeddelivered— Alan Huddart (@alanhuddart) July 29, 2015
Can't believe that heartless bastard made her post her own resignation. He couldn't have cared less #signedsealeddelivered— Rob Slade (@Robsladey) July 29, 2015
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?
#signedsealeddelivered finally post offices are moving with the times and providing us a service more a kin to 2015 not 1915...eureka!— Andy Campbell (@andycampbell14) July 29, 2015
We are a 'transformed' PO for us the change has worked,longer opening hours,great new look but same friendly service #SignedSealedDelivered— Boscombe East PO (@bepo836) July 29, 2015
The Union guy was not so helpful
The CWU Trade Union rep appeared to be hindering more than helping Post Office business owners.
Why is the CWU Trade Union rep causing trouble for the business and Post Office to survive? #SignedSealedDelivered— Melton Blue (@MeltonBlue) July 29, 2015
As much as I generally disapprove of profit over public service, that union guy was not being at all constructive. #SignedSealedDelivered— Edward James (@edwardajames) July 29, 2015
That union rep is a complete asshat #signedsealeddelivered— Rob Gilbert-Warsop (@robpw2) July 29, 2015
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Inside the Post Office continues on Wednesday 5 August on BBC2.Reuse content