Calum slates Government over 'botched' Royal Mail sale

CALUM HIGGINS:

CALUM HIGGINS: "Government is out-of-touch."

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CALUM Higgins, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr, has slammed what he has called the Government's "botched privatisation" of Royal Mail after a report showed the sale had cost the public hundreds of millions of pounds.

Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday faced a barrage of questions in the House of Commons following a report which concluded that ministers “could have achieved better value for the taxpayer”.

“People in Carmarthenshire will rightly be asking what the Tories and Lib Dems were thinking of when they sold off the Royal Mail for such a price," said Mr Higgins.

" And this week stamp prices have gone up – following a hike of 30 per cent in the price of a first-class stamp last year.

“As local families struggle with a cost-of-living crisis, they will look at this botched privatisation and see yet another example of an out-of-touch Government that doesn’t understand communities across Wales or Carmarthenshire.”

Giving his own reaction, Plaid AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas said that during the campaign to stop the privatisation of Royal Mail his party had warned it would lead to "profit before people and shareholders before service".

“That’s why we put forward our alternative to privatisation – Post Cymru – a way of ensuring the postal service remained a public institution in Wales with service users always being the priority and rural communities receiving the same level of provision as those in urban areas," he added.

“Freedom of Information requests unfortunately told us that the Labour Welsh government did not make a single representation to stop this privatisation which has now lost taxpayers millions of pounds and threatens jobs."

 

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10:07am Thu 3 Apr 14

Meirion says...

I don't want to join the political spin doctrine game.
But with fracking licences on our doorstep (particularly Mr Callum's) and a Planning Authority with a history of behind closed doors decisions, perhaps our highly paid politicians that made efforts to hear an expert on the subject of Fracking speaking in Ammanford would like to make a comment.
Pity there was not a satellite facility between the old age pensioners hall and the Welfare so that my local representative seen leaving there could have followed it.
I don't want to join the political spin doctrine game. But with fracking licences on our doorstep (particularly Mr Callum's) and a Planning Authority with a history of behind closed doors decisions, perhaps our highly paid politicians that made efforts to hear an expert on the subject of Fracking speaking in Ammanford would like to make a comment. Pity there was not a satellite facility between the old age pensioners hall and the Welfare so that my local representative seen leaving there could have followed it. Meirion
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