MacDonald Slams Royal Mail Sale
Friday, 13 September 2013 10:02
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has slated the Westminster government’s move to privatise Royal Mail, which was announced yesterday.
Angus MacDonald said:
"This is a deeply flawed Westminster decision, which threatens to have particularly harmful consequences for Scotland where so many of our rural communities and so much of our rural economy rely on our existing Royal Mail service. Even postal services in the outlying areas of my Falkirk East constituency could be at risk.
“The UK Government are refusing to heed the real and genuine concerns that privatisation will mean a reduction in rural services as companies cherry-pick and compete in the larger urban areas."
The MSP added: "Given our experience of previous privatisations no one believes that the regulator will provide real protection to consumers on either prices or services.
“Royal Mail privatisation is a consequence of leaving powers over Scotland’s postal services in London. It is not surprising then that at some point a Tory government comes along and privatises. All the unionist parties have to face up to the reality that a consequence of arguing against independence is Royal Mail privatisation.
“It is this that drives those with greater vision towards independence as they understand that its only when we have the powers over matters in Scotland, can we do what people in Scotland choose. We can be sure that when George Osborne decided to privatise Royal Mail the consequences on Falkirk district and Scotland did not figure in his thinking. Bizarrely, Labour want this situation to continue.”
"The Scottish Government has invested heavily in a scheme to bring fibre optic broadband to 95% of the population by 2017, with almost 50,000 homes and businesses in the Falkirk area (Falkirk, Grangemouth , Larbert and Bo’ness) already benefitting from fibre broadband.
“That gives a real opportunity to grow local businesses, but it requires an efficient, comprehensive and reasonably priced mail service to back it up. A privatised service will not deliver that for either urban or rural Scotland.
"Royal Mail must be viewed as part of our national infrastructure not just as another business."