If you want the ultimate answer....Its because of the poor decision by politicians to privatise BT in 1982.
ultimately, thats why we are in the terrible position we are in now. We have had a total lack of investment in this utility almost since the day it was privatised. the network remained stagnant for decades. Its a utility that people cannot do without. selling it off was the mistake.
Business is all about making the most profit, for the least investment. hence you don't get a cabinet, but the bloke at the end of the road does. Its the same concept with the Post Office (our local collection office closed, nearest one 5 miles away now). or any other service that the government decides. (Party Political Broadcast bit)
Hear hear that man!
Privatisation left Railtrack as a catastrophic economic train crash. The only option for the sake of the rail network was renationalisation..
The writing is on the wall for Openreach. It is custodian of equally critical infrastructure that should be prised away from the City thieves and returned to the nurturing care of the British state as the GPO, where it can regain the public's affection.
Somehow the sticky fingers haven't gotten hold of London Transport, but not for want of trying. The proposed sell-off of the 500-year old Royal Mail is the latest act of grand larceny by the City. Bullingdon Toff, David Cameron says he hasn't ruled out a private equity sale
of Royal Mail stock. Kerching - boardroom seat secured!
Our Royal Mail Sorting Office is now only open 6am-noon. For over 100 years, the Sorting Office was housed in a grand neo-Gothic building in the centre of town. Sadly, that was sold off against much public protest. The building briefly became a swanky Italian restaurant which soon went bust. The building remains empty to this day. The Sorting Office is now a corrugated metal shed on a derelict windswept industrial estate several miles from town.
Take a look at this site for plentiful examples of grotesque neglect of public assets: http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/index.php
Our ever-cheerful postman, bless him, is working twice the round he previously did. By the time he gets to our house, it's 12.30pm, when everyone is at work, so he leaves one of his 'Sorry You Were Out" cards. It's impossibly inconvenient to actually arrange collection or re-delivery of a parcel. I despair!
all three current main parties have let you, and the British people down, generation after generation. you just have to open your eyes to see it.
Quite.. It's a mistake to vote. The Westminster swindlers don't deserve any endorsement. Voting only encourages them!
Post-industrial Britain, eh?! How did this nation ever run an Empire? The twits in power couldn't even run a bath.
Edited by asbokid (Mon 26-Mar-12 21:32:36)