Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Post Waste

I'm finding it increasingly hard to understand the furore over Post Office closures. In fact I've never really understood whether it's a 'few-roar' or 'few-roar-ee', so what hope is there for me?

Even as someone brought up on a staple diet of Postman Pat, they seem an increasingly obsolete institution. Perhaps I'm too wedded to technology (the woman I wedded not too long ago will probably agree with that) but what purpose do they serve in today's towns and cities?


So I read the Surrey Comet's report news that two post offices in Kingston, two in New Malden, one in Surbiton and one in Worcester Park (the one in Malden Road, not Central Road) could be closed as early as July with my usual mix of indifference.


Now, before you fire off your comments about Post Offices being the heart of the community, Worcester Park is hardly the village of Greendale, so Granny Goggins will not be suffering in this process.


What irks me more is one comment of 'Simon' the Surrey Comet news website. He warns:


'Soon enough, we wont be able to pay bills, send post or draw pensions out."


Well no, because we don't have banks, telephone banking, Direct Debits, the Internet or chequebooks do we, Simon?


And before you hit me with the 'Yes but that's fine for young people' argument, let's take a step back and stop being so patronising to the more senior in our society and belittling of their ability to cope with one more change in what has been a lifetime of radical developments in the way we live our lives.


If you can come up with really good reasons of why we need our loss-making Post Offices then I'm willing to hear them.


Answers on a postcard, please.