Sep 18 20131 by Lynda Nicol, East Kilbride News2
The sale of the Royal Mail could have particularly harmful consequences for East Kilbride according to the local MSP.
Following this week s announcement that the UK Government has confirmed the sale of shares in the Royal Mail, MSP Linda Fabiani highlighted some of the concerns she has over the implications privatisation could have on the town.
She said: This is a deeply flawed Westminster decision, which threatens to have particularly harmful consequences for East Kilbride, given that we ve already seen numerous closures recently.
We have seen under Labour and now the Tories a continued erosion of the frequency of deliveries, lack of investment and ever-increasing pressure on our postal workers and this latest move potentially drives a dagger through the heart of a service that was once the envy of the World, for a quick buck.
The UK Government is refusing to heed the real and very genuine concerns that privatisation will mean a further reduction in services as companies cherry-pick and compete for business.
I have yet to meet a single constituent who thinks the privatisation is a good idea or do anything other than undermine a much loved service.
The MSP added: An increase in online shopping as well as investment in faster broadband gives a real opportunity to grow rural businesses, but it requires an efficient, comprehensive and reasonably priced mail service to back it up and I fear that the London Government s decision to go ahead with the privatisation, without any seeming regard for the views of the people of Scotland, will damage that growth potential.
Royal Mail needs to be considered as a key part of our national infrastructure and not just another commodity waiting to be sold to the highest bidder.
The Tories, and now seemingly the Lib Dems, too, know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The Scottish Government and the SNP object strongly to this latest, ideologically driven sell off.
We all know that 79 per cent of Scotland s MPs at Westminster voted against privatisation, yet they are powerless in the face of being overruled by their Tory and Lib Dem counterparts representing the rest of the UK another clear example of why only a Yes vote next year will ensure fairer representation for people in the Scottish Borders and ensure a direct line of accountability to the people of Scotland.
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