As I write this, a real bit of snow has finally arrived in Llanelli, to the delight of the children who felt we were missing out on the dramatic snowfalls seen elsewhere, whilst their parents were probably only too glad not to have been caught in the traffic chaos.
In recent weeks, many people have worked long hours to keep essential services going in severe weather conditions. Amongst these are Royal Mail workers, who have made sure the post gets through whilst we read reports of some private firms withdrawing services from parts of Scotland. But the Tory-LibDem Government’s privatisation of Royal Mail means being able to go to a local post office to send parcels could be a sign of Christmas past not Christmas future.
A privatised Royal Mail could end the agreement with the Post Office and look to cut costs by withdrawing mail services from all but the busiest post offices, leaving people miles to go to post a parcel. Despite repeated calls from Labour, the Government is refusing to guarantee Royal Mail business to local post offices, and refusing to specify a minimum number of outlets where people can post parcels or register letters.
Christmas is a time when people try to make an extra effort to help others, and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone whether it be for a small kindness to a neighbour or keeping essential services going, and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year.