Last month, I mentioned the case of the postman who got into trouble for telling people how to avoid getting at least some of the junk mail that we’re all deluged with. Once upon a time, the Royal Mail was a public service – you know the kind of thing, something that exists to serve the public. But of course, that sort of thing isn’t allowed these days. Like most other former public services, it’s now a “business” labouring under the delusion that it’s in competition with other suppliers. Now for some areas of what they do, this is true. There are indeed companies eager to grab lucrative business mail. But the service of delivering mail to every household in the country? Nobody’s going to even try to compete there. But apparently, the management of the Royal Mail are very worried that if they don’t deliver tons of worthless, unwanted junk, somebody else will. And when this postman made the mistake of actually serving the public by telling them how to opt out from getting at least some of the rubbish, his bosses got a bit upset.
However, BBC News reports that he has been allowed to keep his job. But they’re not letting him back on the same delivery round, for reasons that probably make sense if you’re a manager in something that used to be a public service.