What The Papers Say: Couriers unworried by Post Office plans

Britain’s top courier firms are generally pleased with the Government’s plans to give more commercial freedom to the Post Office.

Britain’s top courier firms are generally pleased with the

Government’s plans to give more commercial freedom to the Post

Office.



Half feel it will help their business; the other half say it will have

no impact. While the Times said: ’This loosening of shackles will leave

the Post Office well placed to tackle the fiercely competitive world’

(8/7/99), potential competitors clearly feel they will have the upper

hand.



The prevailing view in the media was that the move represented

’privatisation by stealth’, reinforced by the unions, which promised ’a

vigorous campaign against the plan’ (Daily Mail, 3/7/99).



Opinion split along traditional lines. The Guardian branded the

proposals ’a set-piece study of laissez-faire vandalism’, while the

Financial Times was disappointed that ’a government which prized itself

on its market savvy has turned its face against privatisation’

(9/7/99).



Courier firms are more pragmatic: only one-third believe the

Government’s plans are a prelude to privatisation in the next three

years.



Evaluation supplied by Echo Research. Cuttings supplied by Broadcast

Monitoring Company. This article can also be found at

www.echoResearch.co.



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