Jim Armitage: I really don't care about this second-class post
Jim Armitage is the City editor of The Independent and London Evening Standard group of newspapers. He has been a reporter and editor for more than 20 years and was recently shortlisted for the Press Gazette financial journalist of the year and The Society of Editors financial journalist of the year awards. He contributes news, investigative reports and comment to the Independent titles plus a daily column in the Evening Standard.
Thursday 11 July 2013
Outlook Am I the only one who finds it hard to get worked up about the fate of the Royal Mail? The internet means I barely ever use the post.
Most Amazon purchases seem to be delivered by privatised rivals these days. And if we're not in when the Royal Mail does deliver, it's a long queue in the 1960s Romanian-style sorting office for me on a Saturday morning.
Don't think I feel nothing for the posties – ours, Steve, is a lovely bloke, and I really do sympathise that his working life is about to get a whole lot worse.
Given that this is a business from a dead age, with government interference and union unrest a guarantee, the shares do not look particularly tempting.
And if I were Steve, I wouldn't be happy giving up pay and conditions in return for them either.
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